Thursday, January 17, 2013
No criminal charges will be filed in the death of 15-year-old Hunter Himes, who died Sunday from brain injuries sustained when his bicycle was hit by a car in Darien.
No criminal charges will be filed in the death of Downers Grove teen Hunter Himes, who was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in February 2012. Hunter, then 14, was riding his bike along Lemont Road in Darien when he was hit by an SUV making a right turn from Beller Drive. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, one that left him in a persistent vegetative state until he died Sunday morning in his home. Obituary: Hunter Himes, 15 The driver in the crash, Timothy J. Hagan of Darien, was found guilty in November of failing to yield to a pedestrian, despite his claim that Hunter rode his bike into the crosswalk after he started moving. Hagan was given the maximum sentence of 300 hours of community service, and issued a $1,500 fine. READ: …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Parents of 14-year-old Hunter Himes say he won't recover from injuries sustained in February, when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle home from a friend's house.
It's been nine months since 14-year-old Hunter Himes was struck by a car while riding his bike in Darien, and for the first time, his family is feeling some sense of closure. Hunter, who would have been a freshman at Downers Grove South this fall, was left in a persistent vegetative state from brain injuries suffered in the accident. His parents, Mark and Terra Ihde, put him on hospice this week after learning he would not recover. For the past several months, the Ihdes have been attending court hearings for the driver in the crash, Timothy J. Hagan, who pleaded not guilty to failing to yield to a pedestrian. The Ihdes were joined Thursday by several family members at the DuPage County Field Court in Downers Grove for Hagan's long-awaited…
Monday, October 1, 2012
An accident in Darien this February left 14-year-old Hunter Himes severely disabled after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle home from a friend's house.
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Monday, October 1, 2012
In Illinois, drivers convicted of hitting a construction worker are subject for up to a $10,000 fine and 14 years in prison, but the maximum penalty for failing to yield to a pedestrian in Illinois is typically a $500 fine. For one family in the area, this disparity adds a cruel insult to injury. Earlier this year, 14-year-old Hunter Himes, of unincorporated Downers Grove, was struck by a car while riding his bicycle home from a friend's house. The former Lakeview Junior High student was left without the ability to walk or speak. The driver, Timothy J. Hagan, of Darien, had previous traffic offenses. He was ticketed for "failure to yield," and only faces community service, according to a group that is petitioning to increase the penalities…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
As Illinois tightens its distracted driving laws, the mother of a Downers Grove boy struck by a car while riding his bike in February asks drivers to take responsibility for their actions.
There have been many difficult days for the Ihde family since their son, Hunter Himes, was struck by a car in February while riding his bike in Darien. The day Terra Ihde, Hunter’s mom, found out the maximum penalty for failing to yield to a pedestrian in Illinois is typically a $500 fine had its own brutality. “Nothing is going to fill the void,” Ihde said. “No amount of money, no jail time will replace what we lost, but it’s just another dagger in the back.” Hunter, a 14-year-old resident of unincorporated Downers Grove, survived the accident, but was left severely disabled. Doctors say it is unlikely he will walk or talk again. While Ihde spends her days caring for her son, who came home from a rehabilitation center earlier this summer…
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Distracted driving and other pedestrian perspectives.
My youngest child is taking driver’s education and consequently, I have a new mantra: I will be the type of driver that I want my son to be—which actually, is the only type of driver that I want on the road. This means that I, and subsequently my son, and hopefully the world, will be careful, cautious, serious and, most of all, focused on the road, the car, and what’s going on around us. Exclusively. He is my third child and you’d think that this rite of passage would get progressively easier for a mom to navigate. Not so. The dangers of driving increase proportionately to the increased distractions vying for attention. Largely due to technology, there are so many more accidents-waiting-to-happen than there were last time I was teaching a…