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Illinois State University senior dies after DUI accident

A two-car crash in Bloomington left an Illinois State University senior dead. A coroner pronounced the man dead several days after the car accident.

The accident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. on March 29. The 22-year-old student and three other people were riding in a car when an allegedly drunk driver collided with their vehicle near the intersection of Empire Street and Main Street after running a red light. The 22-year-old suffered severe head injuries. A McLean County Coroner pronounced him dead at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal shortly after 9 p.m. on April 2. The man's family is complying with his wishes to be an organ donor and are working with Gift of Hope, an organ donation organization, after which doctors will perform an autopsy to determine his official cause of death.

Two of the other occupants of the car that was hit are expected to recover. The condition of the woman who caused the accident, 37, was not reported. Police charged her with felony aggravated DUI.

Fatal drunk driving accidents, though preventable, result in numerous deaths every year. However, before a drunk driving accident victim dies, he or she may spend days, weeks or longer on life support. The intensive care that victims need after a drunk driving crash can result in huge medical debts. Many families feel they have no choice but to seek compensation from drunk drivers to help cover the costs of medical and burial expenses. In some cases, they might receive additional compensation for their emotional suffering. People in this situation often contact personal injury attorneys for advice on the process of filing wrongful death suits.

Source: WEEK, "DUI crash victim pronounced dead," WEEK Producer, April 2, 2014

Source: Pantagraph.com, "Accident victim dies of head injuries, ISU offers condolences", April 03, 2014

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