According to authorities, a 22-year-old woman was killed in a Dec. 14 head-on collision that occurred in Jefferson County on Route 15 at Drivers Lane near Woodlawn, Illinois. The accident took place when a car heading westbound was struck by another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction that crossed the center line. The deceased was a passenger in the westbound vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Six other individuals were involved in the wreck, five of whom were hospitalized following the crash. Some sustained life-threatening injuries, and others were treated for severe injuries. Two of the five injured were airlifted to a St. Louis hospital for further treatment; the status of their conditions has not yet been released.
An unidentified 29-year-old man was driving the vehicle that crossed the double line. Police believe that alcohol was not a factor in the crash but are unsure if a faulty automobile part or mechanical issue led to the accident. They cited the man for improper lane usage, and the investigation remains ongoing. The deceased passenger was a coach of the cheerleading team at a local school and had been involved with the school district for the past 10 years.
If authorities determine that faulty automobile parts played a role in the cause of the wreck, it may be possible that the manufacturer of the vehicle might be responsible for the auto accident. No matter who is ultimately determined to be at fault, however, the family of the deceased may wish to consult with an attorney to determine if they have cause to file a wrongful death claim. A successful lawsuit may help the victim's family pay for medical and funeral expenses incurred as a result of the fatal accident.
Source: WSILTV, "Woodlawn Coach Killed in Route 15 Crash", Matthew Searcy, December 15, 2014