The family of a Joliet woman killed in a 2008 hit-and-run accident is suing the driver who just recently came forward and confessed to striking her.
Maria Lech filed the wrongful death lawsuit Thursday in Will County against David McCarthy, 28, of Naperville, who allegedly struck her daughter, 20-year-old University of Illinois student Melissa Lech, as she was walking on McDonough Street in Joliet after leaving a bar.
The identity of the driver in the fatal crash was a mystery until February, when McCarthy showed up on the doorstep of Melissa Lech’s sister and confessed.
McCarthy told the family he struck Lech after she "jumped out" in front of his car, according to court records. Before he left the scene, he said he checked on her and found she was still moving and speaking.
“This man comes forward (three) and a half years later to evidently clear his own conscience. What he fails to do is stop and render aid … and possibly could have saved this woman’s life,” Frank S. Cservenyak Jr., attorney for the Lech family, said Friday.
The family is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.
McCarthy has been charged with causing personal injury and leaving the scene of an accident causing a death. He is currently being held in the Will County jail and returns to court July 3.@ChicagoBreaking