UPDATED: Kirkland native dragged by Chicago taxi dies, driver not found
By Jim Hagerty
The man who was dragged and run over by a Chicago taxicab May 14, has died.
Daniel Patrick Firkins passed away Saturday, May 22 at Advocate Illinois Medical Center.
Firkins hailed the taxi near his Bucktown home before getting into and argument with the driver. As the confrontation proceeded, the driver accelerated with Firkins partially inside the cab.
After being dragged for a block, Firkins fell and hit his head. The driver then ran him over and fled.
Firkins clung to life in a drug-induced coma for just more than a week at Advocate Illinois Medical Center in Chicago.
The incident took place a day before his birthday.
Firkins was 32.
Friday, May 21, Firkins parents, David and Maureen Firkins, said they didn’t expect their son to come out of the coma.
“Dan just had his last rites read,” David Firkins said Friday via Facebook. “Today is our (wedding) anniversary and his mother did not want to let him pass today because this is the day we brought him home from the hospital 32 years ago.”
Meanwhile, the driver of the cab is still at large.
Police say the taxi is a white car with a blue stripe and was operating in Bucktown May 14, the afternoon of a Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field.
Firkins flagged the taxi to get to an evening class at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he was a graduate student.
A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Chicago Police Department at (312) 745-4521, or post it on the Dan Firkins Facebook page.
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