On the morning of Feb. 14, an Illinois Department of Transportation snowplow driver lost his life in a work-related accident on Route 17 in Stark County. The driver, who was out clearing the roadway and battling the elements, pulled the plow over to assist an immobilized driver on the side of the road. Witnesses say another driver lost control of their vehicle and hit the 49-year-old IDOT employee. He died from his injuries a short while later after being transported to Kewanee Hospital.
The victim of the fatal accident had been on the job with the winter crew since November 2007. His wife, two daughters, a grandchild and his large extended family and friends survive him. The Illinois Transportation secretary and Illinois governor both expressed their condolences at the loss. The IDOT, in collaboration with the Stark County Sheriff's Department immediately launched an investigation into the fatal work-related accident.
When the death of a worker occurs during the course of employment, it may take some time for police to complete an investigation and file the necessary reports. It is conceivable that a wrongful death claim may be pending in this case. However, the outcome will depend on the findings of the authorities. A civil action suit may still be filed by family members regardless of whether criminal charges are brought forward in this incident.
A personal injury attorney may be able to help guide the bereaved through the steps to determine the financial implication the loss has created for them. A widow and orphaned children may be entitled to survivor benefits and funeral expenses, and a wrongful death lawsuit may assist them in securing further compensation for their loss. Source: Fox 2 Now St. Louis, "IDOT worker killed near Peoria," Feb. 14, 2014 Source: Regional Daily News, "Michael C. Holmes," Feb. 17, 2014
Source: Central Illinois Proud, "IDOT Worker Killed in Stark County Accident", February 14, 2014