The brother of an elderly woman who was struck and killed by a taxi last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and the taxi company. The collision occurred on August 22, 2011 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.
The lawsuit claims that the taxi driver failed to yield to the female pedestrian as she walked across Sheridan Road. The taxi was attempting to turn left onto Sheridan when the woman was struck. The injured woman was transported to the hospital, where she died the next day.
The taxi driver received two citations from police, for failure to use due care and failure to yield. According to the Chicago Tribune, the driver had been issued numerous citations in the past, but they had been dismissed.
The deceased woman’s brother is seeking damages for the loss of his sister’s love, support and companionship. The lawsuit demands more than $100,000 from each defendant.
According to the advocacy group Transportation for America, 1,659 pedestrians were killed in the state of Illinois between 2000 and 2009, costing the state $7.13 billion. Nationwide, 47,000 pedestrians lost their lives in the same time period. Transportation for America issues a Pedestrian Danger Index, which ranks Illinois as number 27 out of 50 states.