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DuPage County crash possibly involving drugs killed motorcyclist

The roads of Illinois are generally safe to motorists and pedestrians alike, and driving is one of the best ways to get around the state from the streets of Chicago to the piedmont of the Mississippi River Valley. Accidents can occasionally happen, and the only thing drivers can do is minimize possible dangers.

Hazards that can affect safe road conditions include careless drivers or those paying attention to electronic devices such as cellphones instead of the roads. One of the most dangerous conditions, however, is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A 21-year-old motorcyclist from Maple Park was killed in a collision with a car in a Naperville intersection. DuPage County prosecutors allege that the 17-year-old driver of the car had methamphetamine in his system at the time of the crash.

The driver of the car was first cited for failure to yield in connection with the collision, which happened at the corner of 75th Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road. Police said he was uninjured in the crash, and the motorcyclist was pronounced dead a day later while under hospital care.

Criminal charges are pending against the driver of the car, who may be tried as an adult. His involvement in the crash could net three to seven years in prison due to the death of the woman riding the motorcycle.

Victims of motorcycle accidents -- or the survivors of those killed on motorcycles -- in which the driver of a car or truck was at fault may be eligible for financial damages. These people and their families may seek an attorney's advice and guidance to investigate their options after such a tragedy.

Source: Naperville Patch, "Meth Was In Teen's System During Fatal Crash: Prosecutors," Caitlin Ketel, accessed Jan. 11, 2018

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