Settlement in Suit about Death of a Child in Hit-and-Run Accident Made by Family
The family of a four-year-old girl killed in a 2006 hit-and-run accident near a Lincoln Park Zoo intersection that had been the subject of safety complaints for years reached a settlement in their civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago and the estate of the driver.
In 2006, Maya Hirsch, her mother and then-five-year-old brother was crossing at Lincoln Park West and Belden Avenue. David Roth struck the family and then drove off despite witnesses shouting at him to stop. Roth died in prison while serving an eight-year sentence for leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
The city was accused in the lawsuit of allowing markings to deteriorate because of neglect and/or have improper signage. A year after the incident, the crossing was re-configured. The case became a rallying point for traffic safety advocates while Hirsch’s family members created a not-for-profit group to raise money and awareness of traffic safety issues.
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