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July 2012 Archives

Investigation underway for fatal truck accident

The cause of death for a 21-year-old Illinois accident victim could not be determined at a Logan County inquest. Officials know the Chicago woman was in a car stopped in the right lane of Interstate 55 -- all lights off -- when a tractor-trailer, traveling at highway speed, drove into and over the stationary vehicle.

Skokie woman accused of boy's death pleads not guilty

A parent's pain after the loss of a child is immeasurable. The intensity of the suffering can increase when a child's serious injury or death is the needless result of a stranger's distracted, drugged or drunk driving.

IDOT sees more motorcyclists, accidents on Illinois roads

Summer months are popular times to ride for more than 372,000 motorcyclists in Illinois. The number of motorcyclists on state roads has surged since 1999, according to officials from the state Department of Transportation. More riders, including many novices, increase the risk of fatal motorcycle accidents.

NHTSA Proposes Rule Requiring Brake-Override Systems

In a well-publicized accident in August 2009, four people died when the accelerator of the Lexus they were riding in got caught on a floor mat and prevented the driver from stopping. Toyota subsequently made the wrong kind of headlines when it finally recalled more than 10 million potentially defective vehicles and was fined over $50 million for its failure to act more promptly.

Skokie driver was high when crash killed child

A Skokie woman with a history of drug possession and other charges has been blamed for a fatal car accident that killed a child. Police say the 23-year-old driver was high on amphetamines and marijuana at the time of the May car crash.

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