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Illinois car accident on I-80 kills passenger, driver charged

Illinois State Police say that they have charged a man with aggravated DUI following a car accident that killed his passenger. The crash occurred at 5:25 a.m. on Jan. 23 near the 118 mile marker on Interstate 80 in Minooka.

According to police, a 28-year-old man driving a Ford F-150 was traveling west on I-80 when he rear-ended a Freightliner semi truck that was parked on the shoulder of the freeway. The F-150 bounced off the semi and into the path of a Lexus RX 330 crossover SUV that was also traveling west. Due to the car accident, police immediately shut down all westbound lanes on I-80 at Ridge Road during the preliminary investigation and cleanup until about 10:35 a.m.

The Grundy County Coroner's office reports that the 26-year-old male passenger in the F-150 was pronounced dead on the scene at 7:45 a.m. The drivers of the three vehicles all suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospitals in the area. After receiving treatment and being released from the hospital, police arrested the F-150 driver and took him to Grundy County Adult Detention Facility.

It is not uncommon for there to be serious injuries or even fatalities when a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on the freeway hits a stationary vehicle. A man died in this case, and his family may choose to file a wrongful death suit for compensation to cover the funeral expenses. If the family proves that the F-150 driver was negligent and shows that they are suffering financially due to the man's death, they might be able to secure compensation for the wages that they expected to receive had the man not died.

Source: CBS2 Chicago, "Man Charged With Drunk Driving In Fatal Crash On I-80," Jan. 24, 2014

Source: Plainfield Patch, "Man Charged with DUI in Fatal I-80 Crash", Shannon Antinori, January 23, 2014

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