Fatal accident still under investigation

Hinsdale police are still waiting for results from the Illinois State Police Crime lab before concluding an investigation into a July 17 incident involving a Jeep that accelerated unexpectedly while exiting Fuller’s Car Wash.

The lab has a backlog of cases, Hinsdale Police Chief Brian King said Wednesday.

“I’m anticipating it will be in this week,” King said.

The car hit Sean Richards, a 14-year-old from Hinsdale, who was walking on the sidewalk on Lincoln Street, before crashing into Fontano’s Subs across the street. Richards died three days later. Three people inside the restaurant were hit by the vehicle or debris from the collision.

A lawsuit was filed July 25 on behalf of three individuals who were inside Fontano’s, naming Fuller’s Car Wash and its businesses, along with the father of the 16-year-old Fuller’s employee who drove the Jeep as defendants. A fourth client plans to join suit when the proper paperwork can be filed, according to attorney Louis C. Cairo, managing partner and owner of GWC Injury Lawyers in Chicago.