Police say a 26-year-old man was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he struck a stalled van on the Eisenhower Expressway and then left the scene of the crash. Two women in the van were killed.
The collision happened shortly before 4:00 a.m. on Jan. 12 near the First Avenue exit on Interstate 290 in Forrest Park. According to the Illinois State Police, a 1998 Ford Windstar van traveling eastbound stalled in the center lane and was struck from behind by a 2012 Dodge Durango SUV driven by the Chicago man now facing charges. Authorities say the 30-year-old female driver of the van and a 29-year-old female passenger in the back seat were pronounced dead at the scene. The accused driver and his passenger, a 25-year-old female, were treated at an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries sustained in the crash.
The driver of the Dodge Durango faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and leaving the accident scene for each of the deaths resulting from the crash. He is scheduled to appear in bond court in Maywood on Jan. 21.
Even as the loved ones of an individual killed in a fatal car crash come to grips with the devastating emotional shock of their loss, they may be required to begin taking steps to wind down the deceased's final affairs. Many will be faced with the tasks of initiating legal and administrative processes to recover the actual and future losses they have and will suffer resulting from the crash. Under Illinois law, the loved ones and dependents of someone who dies in a car accident may have a legal cause of action for wrongful death. An attorney might be able to help these survivors calculate and pursue fair and adequate compensation for their losses in civil court.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "Man charged with DUI in Eisenhower crash that killed 2 women", January 13, 2014