Over a month after a hit-and-run accident in Charleston, Illinois, police have used video surveillance to identify and issue a warrant for the arrest of the driver. Lombard, Illinois native Austin Seaver was recorded as he struck a pedestrian crossing Lincoln Ave. at 10 p.m. on September 11.
The victim was taken to Carle Hospital with several injuries in his lower extremities that required multiple surgeries with the possibility of additional operations still looming. After the warrant was issued for his arrest, Seaver turned himself in and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, a Class 2 Felony.
In Bolingbrook, Illinois, a 53-year-old Burbank woman was left in critical condition after being hit by a car. The woman was struck by a 2013 Chrysler 300 that was driven by a 57-year-old Romeoville, Illinois native.
She was walking in a crosswalk that is clearly marked on the corner of Schmidt Rd. near South Frontage Rd. as she was hit and subsequently sent to Good Samaritan Hospital in critical condition. The incident remains under investigation.
Unnecessary accidents like these can easily be avoided if drivers yield to pedestrians the way they’re supposed to. Pedestrian awareness is everyone’s responsibility.