Criminal Procedure

Victim’s Sister Complains Traffic Tickets Tossed ‘Nonchalantly’

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The family of a pedestrian killed in Chicago by two drivers is devastated that a 22-day delay has forced the dismissal of traffic tickets issued for failure to exercise due care.

The tickets were dismissed because of Rule 504 of the Illinois Supreme Court, the Chicago Tribune reports. Intended to keep traffic cases moving along, it requires anyone ticketed for a traffic violation to appear in court within 60 days.

The officer who issued the tickets in the death of pedestrian Miriam Benezra set a court date for 82 days after the crash because his vacation interfered with an earlier date.

Ayellet Benezra, a sister of the victim, said the dismissal of the tickets is upsetting to family members. “It was just tossed out so nonchalantly,” she said, “like nobody cared.”

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