Fatal Car Crash In Schaumburg Involving 16-Year-Old Driver

There was a fatal car crash Sunday night (March 11, 2018) in Schaumburg.   The crash led to the death of the driver, a 16-year-old high school student.

An excerpt regarding the crash and the driver, identified as Graham W. Fath, from the March 12, 2018 Daily Herald article (with remembrances) titled “Conant High School junior killed in Schaumburg crash“:

Fath was traveling east on Wiley Road when the 2010 Subaru Outback he was driving crossed into the westbound lane, left the road and struck a utility pole, according to the preliminary investigation. The vehicle caught fire and was extinguished by Schaumburg firefighters.

Police believe speed was a factor in the crash.

Fath was pronounced dead at the accident scene.   During the crash he was ejected from the vehicle.   A fire ensued after the collision.

A subsequent autopsy by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office indicated that he died from multiple accident injuries that occurred during the crash.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Schaumburg Police Department  with the assistance of the Major Case Assistance Team.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Cook County car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the March 12 nbcchicago.com article (with video) titled “Suburban Teen Killed in Crash…

Fatal Berwyn Crash Involving A “Head-On Collision”

There was a fatal car crash early Tuesday (March 6, 2018) morning in Berwyn.  According to Berwyn Police the accident involved a car crossing the center line and colliding with another car in a “head-on collision.”

The collision occurred near Ogden and Ridgeland Avenues at approximately 3:00 a.m.  At that time, a Pontiac being driven by Mayra Rivera, 25, was traveling westbound on Ogden.  A Nissan being driven by a 29-year-old man was heading eastbound and the Nissan crossed the center line for a currently undetermined reason.  A collision occurred between the Nissan and Pontiac.

Mayra Rivera died at the accident scene.

An excerpt regarding the fatal crash, from the March 6, 2018 fox32chicago.com article (with video) titled “Single mom killed in violent suburban crash“:

So far, police believe speed was a factor in the crash.

“A horrific accident. Terrible, tragic. I saw the pictures, too. It was definitely a high rate of speed. We have an accident reconstructionist working on reconstructing the accident. Hopefully we’ll have an exact or approximate speed,” said Berwyn Police Chief Michael Cimaglia.

The driver and passenger of the Nissan were taken to hospitals for medical treatment of their accident injuries.

Charges are reported to be pending.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Berwyn collision can be seen in a variety of articles, including the article mentioned above as well as the March 7 abc7chicago.com article (with video and remembrances) titled “Single mother, 25, killed in head-on crash in Berwyn.”)

Girl Dies After “Head-On Collision” On Route 59 In South Barrington

There was a fatal car collision Sunday (February 4, 2018) in which a Barrington High School student was killed.  The crash happened on Route 59 in South Barrington.  The accident involved a loss of vehicle control, after which the SUV crossed the center line and struck another SUV in a “head-on collision.”

The person who died as a result of the crash was identified as Cassandra Meadors, 14, of Barrington.  An excerpt regarding the crash, from the February 5 Daily Herald article titled “Barrington High School student killed in Route 59 crash“:

According to South Barrington police, Cassandra was in a 2009 Volvo S60 traveling north on Route 59 about 3:10 p.m. when its driver lost control and crossed into the southbound lane north of Penny Road.

The passenger side of the Volvo, driven by Dana Cibulka, 27, of Chicago, was struck by a 2006 BMW X5 driven by Carol Saldek, 56, of Crystal Lake, police said.

Cassandra was declared dead after being taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates.  In addition to Cassandra being fatally injured, two others were also injured and taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates for treatment of their accident injuries.

The crash investigation is being conducted by the South Barrington police and the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team of the Major Crimes Assistance Team.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the February 5 Crystal Lake Patch article titled “Barrington High School Student Killed In Route 59 Crash.”

Car Crash On South Lake Drive Critically Injures Driver

Car crashes that occur on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive often lead to serious accident injuries.  As seen in various accidents – including those discussed on this site – these accidents often involve speeding or loss of vehicle control.

There was a crash on Lake Shore Drive Monday night (January 22, 2018) in which a driver was critically injured.

Details on the appear appear limited at this time.

As seen in the January 23, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Person critically injured in Lake Shore Drive crash on South Side,”a person was critically injured on Lake Shore Drive near the Kenwood neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 11:00 p.m., in the 4700 block of South Lake Shore Drive.  The crash involved a car crashing into a wall.

The man who was driving was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries.  He was in critical condition.

The cause of the crash does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

Single-Car Crash With Three Fatalities On Chicago’s Far South Side

There was a fatal single-car accident early Friday morning (January 12, 2018) on Chicago’s Far South Side.  Three people died as a result of the accident.  The accident appears to have involved a loss of vehicle control, possibly involving a curve in the roadway.

According to Chicago Police, police officers went to the accident scene, which was in the 3300 block of East 100th Street near the Chicago Skyway, at approximately 1:00 a.m.

An excerpt regarding the crash from the January 12, 2018 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “3 cousins killed in fiery Far South Side crash“:

Police said they were heading west in a 2016 Chevy Malibu at a high-rate of speed when the sedan struck a light pole. The car flipped on its roof and caught fire. The vehicle was soon engulfed by flames.

All three men in the car died at the accident scene.  They were cousins.  The men were identified as Michael Battista, 48; Anthony Flores, 30; and Ralph Quiroz, 47.

The Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Unit is conducting an accident investigation.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago single-car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the January 12 CBS Chicago article titled “3 Killed In Fiery Crash On Southeast Side.”

Ejection Of Vehicle Occupants In Stevenson Expressway Crash

As discussed on the “Seat Belts And Their Safety Benefits” page, there are various benefits to wearing a seat belt.  Wearing a seat belt is beneficial even if the vehicle has other safety features such as anti-lock brakes, stability control, crash avoidance systems, air bags, and other related safety systems.

One of the benefits of wearing a seat belt is that it restrains vehicle occupants during a crash, so the possibility of an occupant ejection during a crash is significantly reduced.  An occupant ejection is when an occupant is partially or fully thrown from the vehicle during an accident.  When these ejections occur, often the person’s injuries are far worse than if the ejection did not occur.

A New Year’s Day crash on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) led to the ejection of two people from a vehicle.  As seen in the Chicago Sun-Times article of January 1, 2018, titled “Pregnant woman injured in Stevenson Expressway crash,” according to the Illinois State Police the crash happened at 6:55 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-55 south of Pulaski.

Additional details can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Rollover Accident On I-57 Leads To Deaths Of Two Men

There was a fatal rollover accident Friday night (December 8, 2017) on I-57 near Matteson.  According to the Illinois State Police the crash happened near Flossmoor Road at 8:53 p.m.

An excerpt from the Mokena Patch article of December 10, 2017, titled “Speeding Lamborghini Crash Kills 2 On I-57“:

Police said the Lamborghini was speeding on southbound I-57 when it left the road, rolled over and struck several trees on the west side of the roadway.

Both occupants of the Lamborghini died at the accident scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.  The driver was identified as Jacob Dochee, 45, of Frankfort.  The passenger was identified as Samieh Jawdat, 26, of Crete.  Both were ejected from the car during the crash.

An autopsy revealed that both men died from blunt force injuries sustained during the accident.

The accident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the December 10, 2017 fox32chicago.com article titled “Two men killed when speeding Lamborghini crashes in Chicago suburb.”

“Black Ice” Causes Various Chicago Accidents Including On The Dan Ryan

“Black ice” conditions often create highly hazardous conditions for drivers.  Among the reasons for these hazards is that such ice is often hard to see and often is hard to anticipate.  Such roadway conditions, including a definition of “black ice”, is seen on the “black ice” page.

There were numerous accidents on the Dan Ryan Expressway overnight (Sunday night November 19 into early Monday morning November 20).  As discussed in various articles, including the November 20, 2017 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Black ice leads to multiple crashes on Chicago roads” as well as the CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Several Cars Crash On Black Ice On Dan Ryan, Far South Side.”

As discussed in both articles, one area where crashes happened due to “black ice” was the Canalport exit ramp on the Dan Ryan Expressway.  As seen in the CBS Chicago video, a SUV left the roadway and rolled over after it hit a patch of “black ice.”

The articles also mention other areas that were impacted.

Compensation Needed Following An Accident Injury

Compensation for accident injuries is a critically important topic.  When someone is hurt in an accident, it can cause a range of consequences.  In addition to the actual injury and its ramifications for one’s health, there can be significant – if not substantial – medical costs, even if the person hurt has comprehensive health insurance.  In addition, there can be other issues regarding money, such as wages lost because the person who was hurt is unable to work (either temporarily or permanently) due to the injury and the recovery period.

Because of these monetary issues, one of the primary reasons for filing a lawsuit is to get compensation for the accident injury.  This compensation is typically needed to pay for medical bills, other expenses, lost wages, and other financial hardships and financial strains caused by the injuries.

A lawsuit has been filed against the village of Steger with regard to an alleged vehicle accident and injuries involving a Steger police officer.

The lawsuit was filed by Nicole Long in Cook County Circuit Court.  It is discussed in the Chicago Sun-Times article of October 18, 2017, titled “Woman injured in crash with Steger police officer files suit.”  An excerpt:

Long was driving a vehicle May 1, 2016 when a Steger police officer drove through a red light at Chicago and Steger roads and collided with her, according to the suit.

Long suffered multiple injuries from the crash, which have continued to worsen, according to the suit. Since 2007, Long had worked as a server at Iron Skillet. She did not have health insurance at the time of the crash and had to return to work despite considerable pain in order to make a living.

As further seen in the article, the lawsuit claims negligence and seeks a jury trial.

The allegations in the lawsuit with regard to the injury recovery is also notable.  While many accident injuries heal after a period, there are others, including various types of traumatic brain injuries, that can either take a significant amount of time to recover from or become permanent in nature (i.e. permanent injuries).  These permanent injuries often involve various permanent physical and/or mental impairments.

Double-Fatal Chicago Car Accident Near Clark And Oak Streets

There was a double-fatal car accident involving a car and taxi on Chicago’s Near North Side.

According to information provided by the Chicago Police, the car accident happened in the 1000 block of North Clark (near Clark and Oak) and happened after one driver ran a red light.  The accident happened just after 3:00 a.m. and involved a car “rear-ending” the taxi.

An excerpt from the NBC Chicago article (with video) of November 1, 2017, titled “2 Killed in Double-Fatal Crash on Near North Side“:

There, police said a Hyundai Sonata and a taxi cab were traveling southbound on Clark when the driver of the Sonata, which was traveling at a high rate of speed, failed to stop at a red light and rear ended the cab in the intersection.

The driver of the taxi was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  He was identified as Mekonnen Kassa, 52, of Rogers Park.

The driver of the Sonata, identified as Sungde Joof, 40.  He was pronounced dead after being taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the Chicago Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Unit.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Chicago car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the November 1 wgntv.com article (with video) titled “Two killed in multi-vehicle accident on near North Side.”