A 29-year-old Carol Stream woman was recently killed in an early morning crash on the Eisenhower Expressway. According to Illinois State Police, the woman stopped her Nissan Altima in the emergency lane of eastbound Interstate 290 near Kostner Avenue around 5:45 am. Soon after, she was allegedly struck from behind by a Mazda 6 that was traveling at a high rate of speed. Following the crash, the driver of the Nissan was reportedly taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital. Sadly, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office stated the 29-year-old was pronounced dead around 7 am. The deceased woman’s passenger and a passenger in the Mazda were allegedly taken to the same hospital with serious injuries. Paramedics purportedly transported the driver of the Mazda to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.
The cause of the deadly accident is reportedly under investigation by the Illinois State Police. It is currently unclear why the deceased woman stopped her vehicle in the emergency shoulder. According to authorities, the driver of the Mazda was under the influence of alcohol when the collision occurred. Police also reportedly believe speed played a role in the fatal traffic wreck. Charges are allegedly now pending against the driver of the Mazda.
Unfortunately, rear-end traffic accidents are common throughout Chicago. A motorist or other occupant in an automobile that was hit from behind may suffer severe head trauma, back and neck injuries, a spinal cord injury, broken bones, and other trauma such as whiplash. As was sadly the case in this instance, rear-end collisions may also result in permanent injury and death. The victim in a Chicago area rear-end crash may be eligible to recover financial compensation for lost wages and benefits, any disability that resulted from the collision, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other damages. Certain relatives of an individual who was killed in such a collision may also be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Most rear-end crashes are caused by a driver who was following too closely, speeding, or who simply failed to remain attentive. Too often, automobile insurance companies work hard to reject the honest personal injury claims of drivers and passengers who had the misfortune of being struck from behind by another motorist. If you were hurt in an unexpected traffic accident, contact a skilled personal injury lawyer to discuss your right to recovery in more detail.
If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a rear-end collision in the Chicago area, you should contact the experienced attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. Our capable Chicago car accident lawyers are available 24 hours per day, seven days of the week to answer your questions and help you file your personal injury or wrongful death claim. Our hardworking attorneys have years of experience advocating on behalf of clients who were hurt in motor vehicle collisions throughout the Chicago Metro. To speak with a diligent car accident attorney, please give the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. a call at (312) 924-7575 today.
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Carol Stream Woman Killed, Three Injured in Eisenhower Wreck, by Alex Parker, dnainfo.com
Sister: Eisenhower crash victim ‘always put others before herself’, Chicago Tribune
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