Fam­ily of woman killed in down­town hit-and-run sues al­leged driver

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY STE­FANO ESPOSITO, STAFF REPORTER ses­pos­ito@sun­times.com | @sle­spos­ito

The tap of her metal cane echoed in the mar­ble hall­way and her voice fal­tered at times — lin­ger­ing re­minders of the “hor­rific” crime she en­dured less than three weeks ago.

Shan­non Ryan, 20, is the lucky one. She was walk­ing down­town with her mother, Zo­raleigh Ryan, on Aug. 10, when a man in an SUV plowed into them, knock­ing the mother to the ground. The driver cir­cled the block and hit the mother again, drag­ging her half a block un­der his ve­hi­cle, Cook County pros­e­cu­tors say.

On Wed­nes­day, at­tor­neys for the Ryan fam­ily an­nounced the fil­ing of a wrong­ful-death suit in the Cir­cuit Court of Cook County against the al­leged driver, Edgar Ro­man, an Al­bany Park man.

“What hap­pened on Aug. 10 is hor­rific. Whether it is reck­less con­duct by this man or in­ten­tional con­duct by this man, we are go­ing to hold the hands of [the vic­tim’s wid­ower] and Shan­non and their en­tire fam­ily,” said at­tor­ney Tim Ca­vanagh.

Shan­non and her mother, 55, were in the city from their home in Ari­zona to visit one of Shan­non’s two sis­ters, who was hav­ing a baby shower at the time.

Ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors, who have charged Ro­man with mur­der and at­tempted mur­der, the driver bar­reled into the mother and daugh­ter while they were in the cross­walk at Hub­bard and State streets. Ro­man stopped, got out of his ve­hi­cle and ap­proached the mother and daugh­ter, pros­e­cu­tors say. When a wit­ness tried to take his pic­ture, Ro­man allegedly got back in the SUV and drove away.

He re­turned less than a minute later and ran over the mother, who was ly­ing hurt but con­scious near the curb, pros­e­cu­tors say. The wit­ness man­aged to grab the daugh­ter and pull her out of the way. She suf­fered a bro­ken wrist and abra­sions.

On Wed­nes­day, stand­ing be­side her fa­ther, Michael Ryan, Shan­non Ryan de­scribed her mother as her “best friend.

“I’m re­ally thank­ful I got to spend 20 years of my life with her,” she said.

AN­THONY VAZQUEZ/SUN-TIMES

Shan­non Ryan (with her fa­ther, Michael Ryan) speaks at a press con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day to an­nounce a law­suit in the hit-and-run death of her mother.

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