A fatal auto-pedestrian traffic crash in Silvis took the life of a woman just after 3 a.m. on Feb. 9 at the route 84 ramp to John Deere Road westbound. Silvis police, who responded to the accident, say that the woman was struck by a car and that she was dead when officers arrived. The woman has been identified as a 54-year-old Silvis woman. According to the Rock Island County Coroner, the woman died of multiple traumatic injuries.
Police took a local man into custody after determining that he had been driving a 2006 Dodge Charger that was involved in the crash. Charges against him include driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, and he was held in the RICO jail without bond. The RICO State Attorney's office was to review the case and consider what formal charges to file.
The RICO coroner's office and a traffic crash reconstructionist from the Illinois State Police assisted the Silvis police department in investigating the car accident. Because of the crash investigation, John Deere Road was closed to westbound traffic for more than seven hours from Route 84 to Crosstown Avenue. The RICO sheriff's department, East Moline police, and Silvis fire department assisted with traffic control and other service calls.
Even though the accident is still under investigation, it appears that the driver of the Dodge Charger may have been intoxicated at the time that he allegedly struck and killed the woman. If they choose to do so, the woman's family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit and seek compensation for their losses.
Source: KWQC, "Silvis Police Investigating Deadly Car/Pedestrian Crash-Update", February 10, 2014