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University of Chicago professor dies after being hit by car

A medical professor at the University of Chicago was hit by a car while he was out for a morning jog early in the morning on July 20. He died from his injuries at the scene. The professor, who was 74 years old, specialized in kidney disease.

The accident happened close to Jackson Park, by the intersection where 67th Street and Bennett Avenue come together. That is near the south side of the Jackson Park Golf Course. Police say a driver lost control of her car and slammed into him.

After hitting the man, video appears to show that the car was so out of control that it flipped and rolled, landing on its roof in the street. Emergency crews surrounded it while the hazard lights flashed.

So far, the police don't know what caused the accident or why the driver lost control, and an investigation is ongoing. They have said that the driver did not get hurt in the crash, despite the roll. The emergency crews did take the driver's two-year-old daughter out of the vehicle and they transported her to Comer Children's Hospital. She is said to be in good condition.

The University released a statement calling the professor an "institutional leader" and praising him for representing the "values and aspirations" of UC. He had been with the school for decades, having gotten his start back in 1974.

This crash shows just how quickly a freak accident can take a life without warning. If you've lost a loved one in such a tragic way, you may be able to seek compensation to help with funeral costs and lost wages.

Source: CBS, "University Of Chicago Doctor Killed By Car While Jogging," July 20, 2016

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