On Feb. 8, three people were injured when a car smashed into a home in South Elgin. The accident happened around 2:30 a.m., according to authorities.
South Elgin police and fire officials report that a man speeding north on the 100 block of South Gilbert hit a curb, lost control of his vehicle and crashed through the south wall of a gray two-story home. The driver fled the scene on foot, leaving the two other occupants behind. The passengers, a male and a female, were transported to Presence Saint Joseph Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Police located the driver a few blocks from the scene. He was taken to the same hospital for treatment.
A couple and their three children were sleeping in the house when it was struck. None of them were injured. The residence was left with two large holes on its first floor and was deemed unlivable. Damages are estimated to be at least $100,000. The fire department boarded up the home and removed the vehicle.
No charges have yet been filed in the incident. The crash is still under investigation.
When a negligent driver is responsible for an accident that injures others, that individual could be found liable for damages in civil court. With the help of an attorney, crash victims could file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver seeking compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and property damage. Anyone who has been hurt in an auto accident may wish to discuss their legal options with an attorney.
Source: chicagotribune.com, "3 hurt when car slams into South Elgin house, lands in basement," Alexandra Chachkevitch, Feb. 8, 2015
Source: CBS Chicago, "3 hurt when vehicle crashes into South Elgin home," Feb. 8, 2015