Pedestrian alleges driver hit her at crosswalk

Dan Harkins Jun. 28, 2015, 8:00am

A pedestrian is suing a driver who allegedly hit her while she was walking on a crosswalk.

Patricia Mertz filed a complaint June 11 in Cook County Circuit Court against Arcely Hernandez, alleging negligence and infliction of emotional distress.

According to the complaint at 5:37 p.m. April 25, 2014, Mertz was walking north on the crosswalk near 2159 Division St., Chicago, at the intersection of Leavitt Street when Hernandez, driving a 2001 Dodge Caravan southeast, made a left turn from Leavitt Street to Division Street. Despite having the walk signal to cross, the suit says, Hernandez struck Mertz with her car, causing her to suffer injuries, pain and suffering, and medical expense.

The suit alleges Hernandez made a left turn when it was unsafe, operated her vehicle at an unsafe speed, and failed to operate her vehicle with due care, reduce her speed to avoid a collision, keep a safe distance from pedestrians, and warn the plaintiff of the collision by honking her horn.

Mertz seeks damages in excess of $100,000, plus costs. She is represented by attorneys William A. Montgomery of Deerfield and Alfred M. Entenman of Glenview. 

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L005920.

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