ILLINOIS- The chicago.suntimes.com writes that a woman was hit by a car at about 9:49 in the morning on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. The woman was in the Illinois Medical District near Rush University Medical Center at the time of the accident.
The victim was identified as a 20-year-old woman. Reports indicate that she was crossing the street at the intersection of Harrison Street and Ashland Avenue when she was struck.
The victim was transported to the Stroger Hospitalwhere she was treated for a broken hip.
Police say that the driver kept moving momentarily after striking the woman, but then stopped.
The driver, identified as a woman, was cited for hitting a pedestrian, failing to stop, and for driving without car insurance.
Pedestrian accidents and deaths have been increasing across the United States. Additionally, these accidents are becoming deadlier. The higher pedestrian death toll seen across the country is likely the result of multiple factors. One major issue is that Americans are continuing to buy bigger cars. Many vehicle manufacturers are discontinuing their lines of sedans in favor of SUVs which sell better in the United States market. This can be troublesome for pedestrians who are often more severely injured by SUVs than theywould have been by a smaller vehicle. This is because SUVs are taller and flatter and tend to cause more injuries to the torso or the head.
Another factor is that there are simply more cars on the road. As the economy improves, the roads become more crowded, and the statistical chance of accidents increases.
Whatever the cause, there are proven ways to reduce pedestrian accidents, including lower speed limits and better-designed intersections.