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16-year-old girl killed in Illinois hit-and-run crash

An Illinois family is mourning the loss of a 16-year-old girl, killed when the car she was driving with three passengers inside was struck by a car traveling in the wrong direction.

Her passengers also suffered injuries and were hospitalized.

The crash happened on a recent Friday night on Route 12 in Wauconda, Illinois.

The Wauconda Police Department said an 18-year-old man was driving a black Hyundai Elantra southbound on the road. His car crossed the median and landed in the northbound lanes, where it collided with a gray Ford Focus driven by the teen girl, who was ferrying a 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds.

The Ford driver, who was a student at McHenry West High School, succumbed to her injuries at an area hospital. One of the passengers was treated and released, and the other two were hospitalized with unknown injuries

Charges are pending against the Hyundai driver.

The families of all of the occupants of the Ford have difficult times ahead of them. The passengers have injuries that could require costly hospital stays and perhaps even rehabilitation.

And the parents of the teenage girl who passed away will face costs related to her brief hospitalization, as well as funeral expenses.

Once some time passes after the funeral, the girl's parents might be ready to speak with an attorney to review their options moving forward. No amount of money will return the teenager to her loved ones, but they deserve compensation for the out-of-pocket costs they sustained at the hands of another driver, as well as perhaps for their pain and suffering.

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