A deadly holiday car crash in Waukegan is still being investigated, but early reports indicate that the police regard the main contributing factors in the crash to be excessive speed and alcohol use.
The wreck happened on the evening of Thursday, July 4. Two men were headed east on North Bonnie Brook Lane at what investigators have called "a high rate of speed." As they did, their Ford Fusion went out of control, left the road, and slammed into a tree.
Police got to the scene around 10:45 p.m. to find that both the passenger, who was in the front seat, and the driver had serious enough injuries that they needed to go to the hospital. The driver's injuries were moderate, and he was eventually released from the hospital. The passenger was not so fortunate, though, and he passed away.
Both were young men in their 20s. The passenger was from North Chicago, and the driver was from Highland Park. Both of them had their seat belts on at the time of the crash.
Because the passenger died and the accident appears to have been caused by intoxication and/or speeding, police arrested the driver after he was released from the hospital. At last report, however, he had not yet been charged.
Holidays like the Fourth of July often see a spike in drunk driving accidents. When these end tragically, family members of those who pass away need to know if they have a right to financial compensation, which can help them cover the unexpected funeral costs, medical bills, lost wages and much more.