City settles with family of girl, 4, killed by hit-run driver near Lincoln Park Zoo

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The fifth annual Stop for Maya Walk honored Maya Hirsch, who tragically lost her life when a driver ignored a stop sign.

The city of Chicago has settled a lawsuit filed by the family of 4-year-old Maya Hirsch, who was killed in 2006 by a hit-and-run driver while crossing a street with her mother and brother near Lincoln Park Zoo.

Maya was crossing Lincoln Park West at Belden with her mother and 5-year-old brother when a car driven by Michael Roth ran a stop sign, struck them and sped off.

The suit accused the city of failing to properly maintain the stop sign and other traffic markings at the intersection.

Roth, 57, said he didn’t see the stop sign. He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident, was sentenced to eight years and died in prison in 2008.

Brian Eldridge, the Hirsch family’s attorney, said Tuesday that a settlement has been reached but that details of the agreement wouldn’t immediately be made public.

Eldridge said the family also reached a settlement with Roth’s estate.

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