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3-vehicle crash claims life of Coal Valley man in Milan

Authorities with the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department reported that a 3-vehicle collision that occurred on Nov. 7 in Milan resulted in the death of one man. According to reports, the collision occurred around 11:30 a.m. when the 44-year-old man apparently attempted to turn left into a private parking lot.

Sheriff's officials report that the man was rear-ended by another vehicle that had apparently failed to notice he had stopped. The resulting collision pushed his vehicle into the path of a westbound semi-truck on 78th Avenue. The second impact sent both the tractor-trailer and the 44-year-old man's truck crashing into a nearby utility pole.

The man's pickup truck reportedly caught fire in the collision. Although witnesses were able to pull him from the burning truck, he apparently succumbed to the injuries he suffered. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The other two drivers involved in the wreck received minor injuries and were treated at the scene. Authorities have indicated that charges are currently pending as a result of the accident. The collision caused the loss of power to over 500 Mid-American Energy customers.

When a person is killed in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, the driver may be held both criminally and civilly liable for his or her negligence. Often, the families of those left behind face severe financial costs and losses as a result of their loved one's death, exacerbating the grief and pain they may also experience. A successful wrongful death lawsuit might result in a potential recovery of damages to compensate for the economic and noneconomic losses a family has suffered.

Source: KWQC, "Victim ID'd After Fatal Milan Crash", Jeff Whitten, November 14, 2014

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