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Man faces DUI charges after fatal accident kills 2

An Illinois wreck resulted in the deaths of two men on July 19. Police believed that alcohol was a contributing factor in the car accident and arrested the driver, who faced at least four felony charges in relation to the crash.

The accident occurred in downtown Naperville at about 2 a.m. A 2007 Chevrolet Impala was traveling on Aurora Ave. when it traveled off the roadway near the intersection of Eagle St. The car collided with several trees before falling into a quarry. The driver, a 21-year-old Geneva man, escaped from the car and was able to swim away. The two passengers in the Impala, a Lisle man and a Naperville man, both 21 years old, could not escape from the vehicle. Fire and police divers recovered their bodies from the quarry. Emergency crews transported the men to Edward Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

1 killed, 1 injured in Illinois highway crash

Authorities reported that a multi-vehicle accident in Hazel Crest left one person dead and another injured. The July 11 incident occurred on Interstate 80 at approximately 1:30 p.m.

According to Illinois State Police, a Toyota SUV was traveling east on the interstate when it rear-ended a Dodge car, prompting a series of crashes that involved at least two additional vehicles. The Toyota reportedly overturned and came to rest on its roof. The driver of the Toyota suffered non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Family files wrongful death claim after Illinois truck accident

Authorities reported that the family of a 51-year-old man who died in a truck accident recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against two Chicago-based companies. Reportedly, the two companies are behind the operation and ownership of the semi-truck involved in the fatal incident. According to attorneys representing the bereaved family, the lawsuit seeks 'compensation for [the] family's substantial loss."

Purportedly, the May 30 accident occurred at the intersection of Baseline and Arsenal roads in Elwood. According to the wrongful death attorneys, a semi-truck that had run a red light at the intersection struck and killed the 51-year-old man. Furthermore, the attorneys called the fatal accident 'entirely preventable."

3 dead, 1 critically injured in Illinois car accident

Authorities reported that a car accident that occurred in Illinois on June 30 left three people dead and one person in critical condition. According to the report, the incident involved three vehicles and took place at the Illinois 13 and Cambria Road intersection in Williamson County.

The report stated that a Pontiac Firebird and a Porsche 911 were traveling in the westbound lanes of Illinois 13 towards Cambria Road while a Toyota Scion SXC was traveling east. As they approached the intersection, the Toyota attempted to make a turn onto Cambria Road. The Pontiac collided with the Toyota before catching fire. The driver of the Porsche attempted to avoid becoming involved in the collision but lost control, causing his vehicle to slide into Crab Orchard Lake.

4 die in head-on collision near Chicago

An investigation remained underway as of July 5 in connection to a fatal accident that took place on the previous afternoon in Cook County. Authorities were not yet releasing information clarifying details of the factors that could have led to the accident; however, witness accounts appear to indicate that a street race may have led to the crash.

The accident happened in Bridgeview on Harlem Avenue near the intersection of 82nd Street. A 21-year-old man was driving a Chevrolet Camaro with a 24-year-old man as his passenger when they crashed head-on into a white Dodge pickup truck occupied by a family of three. The two men in the car were killed. The husband and wife were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash while their son, 13, suffered broken bones but survived.

1 killed, 3 injured in Illinois wreck

One person was killed and three others were injured in an alleged drunk-driving accident on June 21. Police reported that the accident happened at approximately 4:18 a.m. on South Wester Avenue in Chicago.

Allegedly, a 19-year-old man drove his vehicle onto a construction site and struck a worker. Authorities pronounced the construction worker, an Indiana man, dead at the scene of the accident.

Husband of Chicago hit-and-run victim files wrongful death suit

A Chicago man filed a wrongful death suit on June 24 against the driver and owner of a vehicle that struck and killed his wife while she was bicycling in the South Side. The woman died within minutes of the May 29 hit-and-run car accident, which occurred in the 2900 block of South Poplar Ave. in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

The 65-year-old man who was driving the van that struck the woman left the scene of the accident. Police were able to find the vehicle, which was parked outside the driver's home, after witnesses provided its plate number to investigators. Officers arrested the man about two hours after the incident. A judge set his bond at $200,000. He was ordered to surrender his passport if he was able to post bail and was scheduled for a July appearance in criminal court.

Wreck on I-39 in Illinois construction zone

A construction zone on southbound Interstate 39 became the scene of a five-car accident that killed one person around 3 p.m. on June 16. A 55-year-old semi-truck driver failed to adjust his speed for slower traffic at mile marker 112 near Illinois 72, causing him to hit the back of an SUV, strike another SUV and a car, swerve into a ditch and hit a final car.

The rear-ended SUV carried a 74-year-old male passenger who died in the accident and a 71-year-old female driver who went to St. Anthony's Medical Center in a Lifeline Helicopter; the woman was in critical condition a day after the accident. No one in the second SUV or first car needed hospitalization, but a 69-year-old female passenger in the second car was delivered to Rochelle Hospital by ambulance.

Man dies from stroke after lab error, estate sues

On May 23, a lawsuit was filed with claims that the negligence of a Cook County hospital laboratory led to a man's death. According to the lawsuit, which was filed by the deceased man's estate administrator, the man died after his health care provider withheld treatment that led to the man suffering a stroke.

The man was in the care of Presence Health Care between Sept. 7, 2012, and Oct. 2, 2012. The lawsuit claimed that lab staff provided his physicians with incorrect lab values. His physicians relied on these values, which caused them to refrain from administering tissue plasminogen activator treatment. As a result, the lawsuit alleged that the man suffered a progressive embolic stroke and a brain injury before dying.

Tugboat captain convicted of negligent manslaughter

An Illinois tugboat captain and the company he worked for were convicted on June 9 of negligent manslaughter and negligent discharge of oil in a 2005 explosion that occurred in Chicago's Sanitary and Ship Canal. The explosion resulted in the death of a crew member and a 600,000 gallon oil spill.

The explosion occurred on Jan. 19, 2005, at about 4:40 p.m., just after the barge had passed under the Cicero Avenue Bridge. The barge was carrying a petroleum byproduct from the Exxon facility in Joliet to Ameropan Oil in Chicago. According to investigators, the tugboat pilot admitted he sent a 29-year-old Oak Lawn man to work on a frozen discharge pump. The pump, according to court testimony, had been disconnected from the heat supply. The captain allegedly told the crew member to use a propane torch to defrost the pipe just before the barge was uploaded. A nearby vent that let petroleum fumes escape remained open when the torch was used. The explosion that followed killed the crew member and threw steel plating and other debris on the bridge during rush hour. The explosion caused a massive oil spill in the canal.

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