CHICAGO (CBS) — Linda Mensch, a well known lawyer within the music and movie trade and a board member with the homelessness prevention advocacy group A Save Haven, died this week in a hit-and-run on town’s West Facet.
Police stated round 3:50 p.m. Thursday, a black GMC Savana cargo van hit the 70-year-old woman within the 300 block of North Central Park Avenue, close to Fulton Boulevard in East Garfield Park.
Though the driving force stopped on the scene of the crash, he received again into the van and fled north on Central Park Avenue.
Mensch was later pronounced lifeless.
Mensch’s daughter, Jess Heyman – an lawyer with New York County Defender Providers in Manhattan – advised CBS 2 the main points of what she heard.
“He hit her initially I suppose, after which received out of the automobile and went again in, after which drove off and dragged her physique underneath the automobile for a lot of toes,” Heyman stated.
Heyman stated the driving force was going at a really “loopy pace” and driving recklessly, and believes it’s probably that Mensch might need died on account of being dragged.
Mensch was a New York native who good friend and colleague Lynn Orman Weiss stated turned a “Chicago warrior for the humanities – musicians, writers, authors, filmmakers – and a fierce advocate for artists’ rights.”
Mensch had served as vice chairman and president of the Chicago Recording Academy within the Nineteen Nineties, and launched a pre-Grammy occasion in Los Angeles the place all of the Chicago artists and nominees carried out, Orman Weiss wrote.
Orman Weiss offered images exhibiting Mensch with such icons as Grammy-award profitable Chicago folks and youngsters’s musician Ella Jenkins – who was Mensch’s longtime consumer – in addition to blues guitarist and Grammy award winner David “Honeyboy” Edwards.
Mensch additionally had a ardour for serving to the homeless, resulting in her involvement with A Safe Haven.
A Secure Haven President and Co-Founder Neli Vazquez Rowland issued an announcement Saturday on the lack of Mensch.
“Linda S. Mensch was an incredible life pressure in her skilled profession as an award-winning lawyer within the music and movie trade,” Rowland stated within the assertion. “She was additionally an incredible, devoted board member of A Secure Haven and champion for the reason for serving to the homeless for over 12 years. As a good friend, she has touched the lives of 1000’s of individuals from all walks of life and he or she was beloved by all. Her legacy will actually reside on within the hearts and minds of all of us who knew her and had been impressed by her intelligence, compassion, kindness, humor and pleasure.”
Mensch, a devoted and beloved volunteer board member, died from her accidents in a success and run scenario Thursday in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood positioned on the West Facet.
Mensch had been a volunteer board member for A Secure Haven since 2010, and was an leisure lawyer working in music, movie, digital media, gaming, and our on-line world startup applied sciences.
She was of counsel on the agency Mandell Menkes LLC and Leavnes, Strand and Glover LLC Leisure, and was additionally president of her personal regulation agency, a Secure Haven stated.
Heyman stated her mom was the primary lady leisure lawyer in Chicago and was beloved by many.
Heyman additionally stated her mom was a joyful one that lived to attach others.
“She led an unbelievable life in full colour,” Heyman stated. She stated her mom loved touring, consuming, and music, and beloved to listen to connecting individuals and discovering out what their desires had been.
“All she wished to do was like work out the best way to make your dream come true – and discover the proper individual to attach you to; the producer, the job, or no matter it was,” Heyman stated.
Heyman stated Mensch had been “actually, actually residing” to the top and has simply gone kayaking final weekend.
Heyman stated her mom had additionally impressed her to enter regulation, and known as her “glamourous, good, enthusiastic, charismatic inspiration.”
Police have launched surveillance photos of the van, which bears Illinois specialty White Sox license plate quantity 11285WS.
Anybody with details about the crash is requested to name the Main Accident Investigation Unit at 312-745-4521.