Police reported 21-year-old Tyreesha Fraley of South Claremont faced several criminal charges for allegedly driving her car onto the sidewalk close to 69th and State Streets and running into a 56-year-old woman who was waiting for a bus. Authorities said the victim was left with leg that had to be amputated and other serious injuries after the car accident.
According the Chicago Sun-Times, Fraley and a female passenger in her vehicle decided to run off and quickly left the scene on foot after the crash. The two women headed west to the CTA station between 69th Street and the Dan Ryan. Law enforcement officials issued a community alert, and Fraley was soon identified and arrested.
Besides being subject to possible criminal charges involving a hit and run, Tyreesha Fraley could also face a potential tort lawsuit for the injuries she caused the 56-year-old woman.
In a hit and run case, drivers who fail to fulfill their duties after being involved in an car accident (especially one that may involve serious injury or a death) can face criminal charges like felony hit and run. But some criminal cases like this one, can also lead to a civil suit, where the victim or plaintiff might demand damages to compensate for their injuries. The compensation could cover medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.
It remains unclear whether the 56-year-old victim will consider filing a tort claim for her injuries, but a Chicago personal injury attorney can offer legal counsel and determine the legal remedies available in this kind of case. For general information on hit and run cases and how to proceed with an injury suit, visit the Related Resources links below.
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