Family Of Woman Killed In Deerfield Hit-And-Run Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The family of a woman killed in a deadly hit-and-run in Deerfield earlier this month is taking legal action against the driver.

"There are certainly some things that are happening here that are different than you would expect to see in a fatal hit-and-run accident," said Attorney Andrew Stevens

Attorney Andrew Stevens is among those representing the family of 53-year-old Lucinda Rondon-Stanley, who Deerfield Police said was struck and killed by a car in the parking lot of Deerfields Bakery on Sept. 13.

"It's very unusual to see the defendant not be immediately arrested, especially when he fled the scene, and then to have the car returned to the defendant," he said. "Those things are very out of the ordinary and it's part of why we filed our lawsuit so quickly."

That wrongful death lawsuit names both the 68-year-old driver and the Music Center of Deerfield, which the man owns, as defendants.

A Cook County judge has since ordered the minivan preserved and protected for evidence.

"Lucinda's family is very eager to see what charges are brought against this defendant, because they're certainly appropriate here," Stevens said. "It's too early to say what a fair compensation is, but it will be substantial."