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Illinois pedestrian killed in crosswalk by alleged drunk driver

On August 24 accident in Humboldt Park claimed the life of a 55-year-old male pedestrian, reportedly. According to authorities, the fatal incident took place on North Avenue.

That is where the 55-year-old man was hit by a truck as he was walking in a crosswalk, authorities said. The accident left the man with multiple injuries and in critical condition. Emergency personnel transported him to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where he ultimately died as a result of his injuries.

Big rig involved in freeway wreck that kills Chicago resident

An August 15 accident involving a semi-truck and a car on Interstate 65 in Crown Point, Indiana, claimed the life of a Chicago woman, reportedly. Three other individuals involved in the crash suffered injuries, authorities stated.

Officials said that the fatal truck accident happened near the highway's 248.4-mile marker at about 10:17 p.m. That is when a 26-year-old man heading north in a semi-trailer crashed into a disabled Hyundai on the shoulder of the highway, according to authorities. The driver of the Hyundai had pulled over on account of a flat tire, reportedly. She turned on her emergency blinkers and was in the process of making a cellphone call for assistance when the accident occurred, authorities said.

Family of deceased cab driver files lawsuit against UberX driver

On Aug. 21, it was reported that the son of a cabdriver who was killed in a car accident in a north Chicago suburb filed a wrongful death claim against the driver who apparently caused the accident. The crash took place on June 8 on the Jane Addams Tollway.

The accused driver, a 45-year-old man, was returning from giving an UberX ride in his SUV when he collided with the cab. The impact from the collision caused the cab to burst into flames, killing the driver. The UberX driver was not injured. A sergeant with the Illinois State Police stated that the accused driver was driving too fast for the road conditions. Following the accident, he was cited for improper lane use, failing to reduce his speed and causing a crash.

Chicago man taken into custody for fatal pedestrian accident

A Chicago man was taken into police custody on Aug. 13 on suspicion of hitting and killing a pedestrian with a borrowed vehicle on Nov. 17. According to the news source, he was accused of fleeing the scene of the accident following the incident.

The 26-year-old man allegedly struck the woman in the 11000 block of North Mason Avenue during the early morning. Police stated that the man exited the vehicle following the collision, and, when he saw that he had struck someone, he returned to the vehicle and left. The man then reportedly drove around the block once and then returned to his home.

3-vehicle accident leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

A three-vehicle accident that occurred near the Illinois-Wisconsin state line on Aug. 8 left one women dead. According to the report, the incident took place at the 200th Avenue and State Line Road intersection in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. The sheriff's department stated that alcohol did not appear to be a contributing factor in the collision.

Police stated that around 11 a.m., an 81-year-old man was traveling west when he failed to stop at a red light. He then collided with a northbound semi-truck that was pulling a flatbed. The collision between these two vehicles caused the truck to strike a truck that was hauling a horse trailer.

2 fatal crashes occur within minutes of each other on I-55

Two multi-vehicle crashes that occurred on Interstate 55 in Illinois July 21 have resulted in a total of six deaths and four injuries, according to the Illinois State Police. The two crashes occurred within minutes of each other near Channahon.

Around 2:15 p.m., a 51-year-old man driving a semi-truck was allegedly speeding in the northbound lanes of I-55 and failed to slow down as he entered a construction zone. Reports say he then quickly changed lanes, which resulted in a crash involving a van and two cars. Three women and a child were killed in that accident, and four other people were injured. One of the injured parties, a 64-year-old Urbana man, died a couple of weeks later, bringing the total death toll to five. The driver of the semi-truck was taken into custody on several charges, including failure to reduce speed and false reporting of driving records; officials also reported that he had violated state laws restricting the number of hours a truck driver can be on the road each day.

Suspected DUI crash kills woman in Illinois

According to police, speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors in a Peoria accident that left a 48-year-old woman dead. Police reportedly detained a 27-year-old man on suspicion of DUI in connection with the August 10 car accident.

The crash occurred just before 6 a.m. on Sterling Avenue, authorities stated. The 48-year-old woman was driving south on the avenue when her vehicle was rear-ended by a silver BMW driven by the 27-year-old man. Purportedly, both drivers lost control of their vehicles and spun around before coming to a stop in the northbound lanes of the roadway, near Westminister Avenue.

Illinois company fined in connection with fatality

An Illinois company has been fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following a workplace accident that killed one person in 2013. According to a project spokesperson, a worker was killed after two people fell into a hole near New Prague, Minn. According to Minnesota law, OSHA must impose a minimum fine of $25,000 for each citation it issues when a violation might have contributed to or caused a fatal workplace accident.

OSHA cited the company for three violations. The first was for failing to provide fall protection. The second was for failing to properly support or reinforce vertical structures to prevent a collapse. The third was related to the alteration of equipment and tools. The company will be contesting the penalties levied by OSHA.

Trucker dies from brake failure

A 41-year-old truck driver was killed in an Illinois highway accident when his brakes failed to engage on July 21. The truck driver was operating a semi-truck on southbound Interstate 55 around 2:30 p.m. when the crash happened within the Des Plaines River Bridge construction zone near Channahon. The truck driver was transported to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet but was declared dead in the emergency room at 4:29 p.m. As of July 31, state police were still investigating the crash.

The truck driver's wife filed a wrongful death claim against Mediterranean Shipping Company and Direct Trucking Corporation. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that the driver attempted to stop, but the brakes malfunctioned and caused him to crash into another semi-truck. The lawsuit claims that the defendants are liable for the death because they were negligent in inspecting and maintaining the vehicle. The decedent's wife is seeking damages in excess of $150,000.

The 12 conditions most likely to be misdiagnosed

Illinois patients have to be proactive in their medical care: Many common conditions are misdiagnosed, according to a recent piece, and those errors sometimes result in death. One of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions, pulmonary emboli, or blood clots in the lungs, may cause the death of 30 percent of people with the condition who are not treated for it. According to one study, 28 percent of misdiagnoses had severe consequences.

Some conditions are incorrectly diagnosed most often by emergency room doctors. This may stem from patients having trouble articulating their symptoms to the medical staff in the hospital along with a lack of a complete medical history for the patient. Symptoms of stroke and myocardial infarctions are sometimes attributed to less serious conditions. Heart attacks may be misdiagnosed as gallstones or bronchitis while the early signs of a stroke sometimes receive no diagnosis.

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