Most people who live in and around Chicago have learned to be vigilant when they are walking in the parking lot of a shopping center or convenience store. Unfortunately, not even the highest degree of vigilance can save a person from a vehicle that is moving out of control. A recent accident in a Casey’s convenience store in Auburn demonstrated the truth of this unhappy caveat.
Officers responded to a call at about 11:30 a.m. on May 5, 2020 regarding a pedestrian who was injured by an Auburn Township dump truck. According to officers, the truck failed to negotiate a curve on Ill. Rte. 4. The truck left the highway and drove through a ditch. After crossing the ditch, the truck passed over Lincoln Street and came to rest in the Casey’s parking lot. When it reached the parking lot, the truck struck the victim, who was not in her car. The coroner’s officer arrived on the scene at about 12:30 p.m. and pronounced the woman dead. The accident is being investigated jointly by the Illinois State Police and the Auburn Police Department.
No criminal charges have been filed, but the accident raises many questions. Why did the truck miss the curve on Ill. Rte. 4? Was the driver impaired? Was the truck’s steering or suspension system inoperative? Why was the driver of the truck unable to stop it with truck’s brakes? How fast was the truck moving?
Presumably, the post-accident investigation will attempt to answer these questions. The family of the victim will undoubtedly want to know exactly why she died. A thorough and competent accident investigation will be necessary to provide this information. The woman’s family may also be interested in suing the Auburn Township and the driver to recover damages for the woman’s wrongful death. No information has been released about the woman’s age or whether she was employed. This information will be essential to estimating whether damages can be recovered. Anyone who has lost a loved one under similar circumstances may wish to consult a capable auto accident attorney for an evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages.