The Illinois woman who was behind the wheel in a rollover crash that killed four people was charged with multiple counts stemming from the incident. The deadly car accident occurred near the intersection of Interstate 290 and Route 83 in Addison. Police said that eight people were inside the silver Ford Explorer on their way to a temporary work assignment when something happened to make the vehicle crash roll over and crash into a ditch.
According to police, the Explorer rolled over several times before ending up in the ditch. Three women were ejected from the vehicle as it rolled and were killed, as was another female passenger. The driver and three male passengers survived the crash. The accident backed up traffic on the Eisenhower for hours during the weekday morning commute, all westbound traffic being detoured at Route 83 following the crash. State police said that the only people in the vehicle wearing their seat belts were the driver and a passenger sitting in the front seat.
The vehicle also was traveling faster than the posted speed limit, police said, and that was a factor in the accident. A police official said that the people who were ejected from the vehicle and killed were not wearing their seat belts. The vehicle's 31-year-old driver was charged with failure to reduce speed, improper lane usage, no insurance, no valid driver's license and for driving with suspended registration for no insurance.
A fatal car accident can devastate the lives of everyone affected by the crash. For individuals who have lost a loved one due to a negligent driver or in a fatal drunk driving accident, an Illinois attorney may be able to help find compensation for medical expenses and funeral expenses.
Source: WLS, "4 dead in I-290 crash near Route 83 in Addison; Margot Santillan, 31, charged with multiple counts", Leah Hope, September 27, 2013