University of Chicago Professor Dies – Struck by SUV
A professor at the University of Chicago was struck by a car and killed early Wednesday while out on his morning jog near Jackson Park.
According to the police, the man was struck by a vehicle around 6:40 a.m. at the intersection of 67th Street & Bennett Avenue, near the south end of the Jackson Park Golf Course. The accident occured after the driver lost control of their vehicle.
Pronounced dead at the scene, 74-year-old Gary Toback, was confirmed as the deceased victim by the man’s relatives. Mr. Toback was a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and a specialist in the study kidney disease.
In an email from Lorna Wong, a University of Chicago Medicine spokeswoman, she wrote “We have lost an institutional leader who represented the University of Chicago’s values and aspirations… He was a treasured colleague, friend, mentor, leader and physician.”
The vehicle that struck and killed Mr. Toback was an SUV that rolled over onto it’s roof. The driver was not injured, and the driver’s 2-year-old daughter was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition. Police are now investigating the cause of the crash.
Video of Accident Scene
About SUV Rollover Accidents and Wrongful Death Cases
With their high center of gravity, SUV’s are notorious for rollover accidents. Whether a driver loses control due to a moment of distraction or because a tire fails, the result is often the same – the vehicle rolls onto its roof, threatening the safety of the vehicles occupants, passers-by and other vehicles on the road. In cases such as Mr. Toback’s, when you find yourself in the path of an out-of-control vehicle, the potential of injury or death is very possible.
In wrongful death cases, it is most often the family members or beneficiaries of the person who died that can file a wrongful death lawsuit or claim.
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