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Teen driver blindsides pedestrian, gets a license three days later

Last year a group of Illinois teenagers had their lives changed forever. They had waked to get an ice cream cone and were walking home along the side of the road when a red truck sped by, hitting the last girl in line and kept going.

The accident itself was shocking, as was the fact that the driver kept going after he hit the girl with his passenger side mirror. But what happened next stunned the victim's family and friends even more

The teenage boy who had hit the girl with his car and kept driving got a driver's license three days later from the Secretary of State's office. No questions were asked even though the boy and his mother (who allowed him to drive unsupervised) are facing charges for the accident.

This has sparked controversy among those who believe the Secretary of State should deny licenses in similar cases. Currently the office can only deny licenses before they are issued or after a court ruling.

In response, the Secretary of State is working to propose legislation that would require the office to ask teen drivers if they have a pending court case dealing with a traffic violation. If they answer "yes" or are caught lying, drivers may lose their licenses.

Novice drivers may think that they have all the tools they need to navigate roads safely but their inexperience can be a danger to themselves and to others. If you or a loved one have sustained an injury as a result of someone else's negligence or inexperience, consider speaking with a personal injury attorney. They can help you pursue any appropriate claims, navigate the courts and get your life back on track.

Source: NBC Chicago, "Loophole Lets Teen Get License After Crash Puts Girl in ICU," Lisa Parker, Oct. 30, 2012

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