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Illinois crash leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

An accident involving three vehicles in La Salle County on Sept. 8 has left one person dead and two people with injuries. At the time of the report, the crash was still under investigation by Peru police.

The fatal auto accident reportedly occurred around 7 a.m. when a vehicle being driven by a 60-year-old woman crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic and crashed into a second vehicle being driven by a 31-year-old man. The first vehicle then crashed into a third vehicle being driven by a 57-year-old woman.

The driver of the first vehicle was transported to the hospital for treatment of critical injuries. The driver of the second vehicle suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene of the accident. The driver of the third vehicle was declared dead at the scene.

In fatal accidents such as this one, the family of the decedent might choose to file a wrongful death claim in order to recover damages associated with their loved one's death. Information from a police report or a criminal investigation, as well as any charges brought against the driver deemed liable for the accident, might also be used in the civil case to demonstrate the driver's negligence.

Though punitive damages are not awarded in Illinois, the family of the victim might receive pecuniary damages, which can include compensation for the family's grief, mental anguish and sorrow as a result of the death. Additionally, compensation may include funeral and burial expenses as well as the value of any income the person may have made had they lived.

Source: News Tribune , "Update: Names released in fatal crash", Tom Collins, September 08, 2014

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