Once again... they can't sue the loser who killed their daughter so we all end up paying for it. This is fucking NUTS!Chicago will pay $3.25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl killed in 2006 by a hit-and-run driver while crossing a street near Lincoln Park Zoo, under a settlement advanced Monday by a City Council committee.
Maya Hirsch was crossing Belden and Lincoln Park West after spending a Saturday afternoon at the Lincoln Park Zoo with her mother and 6-year-old brother when a black Lexus blew a stop sign. The girl was dragged under the car while her mother and brother were tossed onto the hood.
Michael Roth, 57, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash. A vanity license plate that caught the eye of a witness led to his arrest.
Roth insisted that he didn’t see the stop sign. He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident, was sentenced to eight years in prison and died in 2008 while behind bars.
The Hirsch family subsequently filed a lawsuit accusing the city of failing to properly maintain the stop sign and other traffic markings at the intersection.
Prior to Monday’s Finance Committee vote, First Deputy Corporation Counsel Leslie Darling said the city’s ability to defend itself against the lawsuit was undermined by several factors.