Media outlets in Illinois have reported that a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a 23-year-old man who was behind the wheel of a truck that struck and killed three pedestrians on March 6. The truck driver's employer is also named in the lawsuit. The family of the woman and two children killed claim that the man was using a mobile phone at the time of the accident.
On Dec. 5, a 37-year-old Illinois man was killed in a two-vehicle crash involving a drunk driver. Three days later, the 29-year-old man who is accused of causing the fatal car accident was held on $500,000 bond and charged for two counts of aggravated DUI causing death.
A 42-year-old driver involved in a head-on collision in Cook County on July 1 is facing a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of an individual who died in the accident. The bar where the 42-year-old man had purportedly been drinking prior to the accident was also named in the suit.
An Illinois motorcycle crash left one man dead and a woman injured on April 27. Police arrested a driver involved in the car accident on suspicion of aggravated DUI, accident causing death or injury, failure to render aid and several other charges.
A two-car crash in Bloomington left an Illinois State University senior dead. A coroner pronounced the man dead several days after the car accident.
Illinois boot camp programs for non-violent DUI offenders are not always effective. After injuring an elderly Hampshire couple in a drunk driving motor vehicle accident back in 2010, a former South Elgin man ended up back in court, representing himself in an effort to have a $100,000 bond reduced on for a 2012 drunk driving charge. The man was originally sentenced to five years in prison for severely injuring the accident victims, but was determined to be eligible for the boot camp program that significantly reduces an offender's sentence.