A 45-year-old Illinois man is facing serious criminal charges after being involved in a fatal accident in Will County on the afternoon of May 14. The Peotone resident is accused of failing to reduce speed to prevent an accident, not securing a child in a proper restraint system and driving with a revoked driver’s license. Police say that a 29-year-old Glenwood man lost his life when his Ford sedan was struck from behind by a Cadillac SUV driven by the man.
According to an Illinois State Police report, the man was proceeding northbound on Interstate 57 in slow-moving traffic when his SUV struck the sedan near West Monee Manhattan Road at approximately 3:40 p.m. Police say that the force of the impact propelled the sedan into the rear of a gas tanker. Responding emergency medical services workers pronounced the sedan’s driver dead at the scene. The 43-year-old man behind the wheel of the tractor-trailer escaped the crash unharmed according to reports.
The man was charged after being transported to a nearby hospital for the treatment injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening. A child who had been traveling in the rear seat of the SUV also suffered injuries after being ejected from the vehicle. Media reports indicate that the child is also expected to recover.
Experienced personal injury attorneys may suspect that distraction could have played a role when presented with facts like these in a car collision lawsuit. Drivers who fail to brake before crashing are often distracted, fatigued or impaired by alcohol or drugs, and attorneys may scrutinize cellphone records or vehicle electronic data for evidence of recklessness when police reports fail to reach any firm conclusions.
Source: The Manhattan Patch, “Driver Killed In 3-Car Crash On I-57”, Tim Moran, May 15, 2018