ABC News 7 wrote a story Sunday about the fourth annual walk in remembrance of a four year old girl who was killed while crossing the street. Maya Hirsch was killed in 2006 near her Chicago home when a driver failed to stop at a stop sign as the little girl was crossing the street with her mother and brother. The family had just spent a day at the Lincoln Park Zoo when the horrific accident occurred and took the life of the family’s youngest member.
The accident has left a mark on the community. An anonymous stranger has kept a vigil with fresh flowers at the intersection ever since the accident. Also, the veteran Chicago police officer who responded to the accident continues to put a sticker with Maya’s picture on all tickets that he gives out to drivers who fail to stop at intersections.
This awareness event in held in honor of Maya coincides with the new law in Illinois focused on pedestrian safety in crosswalks. As we reported on this blog last week, the new state law requires drivers to stop for all pedestrians in any crosswalk, even those that do not have signals or stop signs. In that way, state officials are hoping to make the law very clear-cars cannot pass when pedestrians are waiting to cross the street.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand the destruction wrought with so many car accidents—especially those that take the precious lives of young children like Maya. The tragedy is even more apparent when the accident is caused by negligent or careless behavior that should have been avoided. If you or someone you know may have suffered from a similar accident on the road, please contact a car accident attorney today.