A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged with multiple charges including driving under the influence of drugs, three counts of aggravated DUI involving death, and driving on a suspended license. The arrest came after a single car crash that occurred at about 2 a.m. At the time of the car accident, the vehicle was occupied by the driver, a front seat passenger and 21-year-old passenger sitting in the back seat who was killed in the crash.
According to investigators, the suspect was driving a gray Chevy Impala. The vehicle was headed northbound on Summit Street when the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree close to the intersection of Summit and Greenwood Avenue. Reports suggest that the driver was DUI and speeding at the time of the fatal crash.
The passenger in the rear seat suffered fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and the front seat passengers both suffered injuries. The front seat passenger was transported to a nearby hospital where his was listed in serious condition, but the injuries were considered non-life threatening. The driver was also taken to a hospital where he was treated for his injuries.
If the family of the victim who died feels the driver was responsible for their loved one's death, they may want to work with a personal injury attorney who may suggest filing a wrongful death lawsuit due to possible negligence. The attorney may be able to review the police reports and build a case that suggests the driver's negligence. If the case is successful, the family may be awarded compensation that covers damages related to the death of the victim.
Source: WREX, "Rockford police make arrest after fatal car accident", Kelsie Passolt , March 02, 2014