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Illinois man dead after alleged drunk driving accident

An Illinois motorcycle crash left one man dead and a woman injured on April 27. Police arrested a driver involved in the car accident on suspicion of aggravated DUI, accident causing death or injury, failure to render aid and several other charges.

The crash occurred in Peoria just before 1 a.m. Reports described a vehicle traveling in the 1800 block of North Knoxville Ave., where it crossed the center line into lanes of opposing traffic and collided nearly head-on with a motorcycle carrying two people. The 58-year-old cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The Peoria County Coroner reported that he suffered head, chest and abdominal trauma in the accident. Paramedics took the female motorcycle passenger to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center where doctors listed her in fair condition the day after the crash.

Police said that the driver of the car that struck the motorcycle left the scene after the collision. A witness followed the vehicle and called police. Officials set bond at $150,000 for the alleged drunk driver.

Families of deceased victims of car accidents may struggle to pay medical and funderal expenses without the income that their loved one may have contributed to the household. Illinois law provides options for families of victims to file wrongful death suits against drunk drivers. Families may seek compensation for monetary damages such as funerary expenses and certain non-economic damages. Some family members of deceased car accident victims contact personal injury attorneys for guidance on seeking compensation from negligent parties.

Source: Central Illinois Proud, 'Victim of drunk driving accident remembered by friends," April 28, 2014

Source: Central Illinois Proud, "Driver Charged in Fatal Motorcycle Accident", April 28, 2014

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