The decisions motorists make while they are behind the wheel are critical. Whether it is to send a text, look back at a passenger in the backseat, speed past a vehicle or even drinking a driving, these decisions not only puts a driver's life at risk but also threatens the life of their passengers and any travelers on the roadway. When a driver decides to be reckless or negligent behind the wheel, others can suffer because of these decisions.
According to recent reports, a fatal crash occurred in Jackson Park, resulting in a motorist being charged with reckless homicide. Based on reports by the Cook Count State's Attorney's Office, the 35-year-old male driver is also facing charges for eluding the police and failing to report an accident.
The incident began when the motorist and his passenger were driving home from a party. Chicago Police stopped the driver in the 7000 block of South Stoney Island Avenue. After officers briefly spoke with the driver, the driver allegedly sped away. This resulted in their vehicle crashing into the rear of another vehicle, causing that vehicle to spin out of control and crash into a tree. According to investigators, the computer of the speeding motorist showed that it was traveling 80 mph just before the crash.
The driver of the vehicle struck was transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. Investigation is still ongoing; however, authorities did report that the charged motorist was released on bail for an armed violence and weapons charges.
When a negligent driver is to blame for a car accident, it is important to understand our rights and options. This means considering a personal injury action if you are harmed or filing a wrongful death claim if a loved one is killed. These legal actions not only hold a negligent party liable but also help with the recover of compensation for losses and damages.