On Aug. 13, 2011, Roland P. Wilson was crossing the street after leaving the tavern, Hot City Lounge, 7342 S. Racine Ave., Chicago, Ill., when he was hit by a vehicle that fled the scene. Wilson, 66, suffered a fractured right leg and required surgery. Wilson believed the hit and run vehicle belonged to Sammie Cooper, who had been another patron at Hot City Lounge. Wilson was not clear as to whether Cooper was the driver, however.
Wilson told the police in December 2011 that he had obtained a license plate number. The license plate was traced to Cooper who had subsequently become incapacitated due to an unrelated medical condition. The police did not conduct any investigation.
Wilson filed a negligence lawsuit against Cooper and a Dram Shop Act claim against Hot City Lounge and its individual owner.