City to Pay $3.25 Million To Family of 4-Year-Old Traffic Victim

Maya Hirsch, 4, died in 2006 after she and her family were hit by a stop-sign runner near the zoo

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    Chicago legislators Monday agreed to pay millions to the family of a 4-year-old girl who died in 2006 in a hit-and-run near the Lincoln Park Zoo.

    The Chicago City Council Finance Committee recommended a $3.25 million settlement to the family of Maya Hirsch, the girl who died after a man failed to stop at a stop sign at Lincoln Park West and Belden Avenue and struck Maya, her mother and her brother, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    After Maya's parents sued the city, officials found that signage at the intersection failed to meet city regulations in a number of ways. According to the counsel, the stop sign did not meet the seven-foot height requirements, police photographs showed the crosswalk had faded, and a no parking zone began too close to the stop sign, reports the Tribune.

    The City Council will review the finance committee's plan Wednesday, according to the Tribune.

    The driver of the car, David Roth, was convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison.

    Maya's family formed the Stop for Maya Foundation after her death to advocate for better pedestrian and bicyclist safety around the city.