A serious accident in the alley of the Brickyard Shopping Center on June 12 left four individuals dead and one critically injured. The accident occurred in the early morning at approximately 3 a.m. when a BMW driver who was allegedly speeding lost control of their vehicle in the alley behind the Lowe's store on 2630 N. Narragansett Avenue.
The BMW driver collided into the rear wall of the store, narrowly missing approximately 100 propane tanks that were being stored in the service area. Although police initially suspected that the car accident was related to drag racing, security footage of the area showed that no other vehicles were involved.
Five individuals were in the vehicle, four of whom were killed at the scene. Although the driver and front seat passenger were both wearing seat belts, none of the rear passengers were. Only one passenger survived and had to be cut out of the vehicle with the others before they could be taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment. The Major Accident Investigation Unit has reported that all individuals within the vehicle were in their late teens or early twenties.
In cases like this where the driver is deceased, it is still possible for the families of the deceased passengers to file wrongful death suits in civil court. Pending an investigation into the possibility of a negligent driver, the critically injured passenger could potentially file a civil claim as well. Further information is needed to determine why the driver was allegedly speeding and whether the arrangement of the propane tanks behind the Lowe's played a significant role in the accident.
Source: CBS Chicago, "4 Killed, 1 Critically Injured In High-Speed Crash At Brickyard Mall", June 12, 2014