A Chicago Ridge police officer lost his life in a tragic wrong-way accident last Sunday. The off-duty officer was involved in a three-car accident that was triggered by a driver who was driving down the Tri-State Tollway in the wrong direction.
The 27-year-old officer was riding as a passenger in a vehicle that was hit by the wrong-way driver. The officer was on his way to Stone Park and his cousin was driving. The officer was returning to pick up his vehicle, which he had left in Stone Park following a wedding.
Police first received word of a wrong way driver on the Tri-State Tollway at approximately 3:45 a.m. A woman was driving her Toyota Camry in the opposite direction in northbound lanes. The woman collided head-on with a Dodge Neon. The Camry spun and hit a 2013 Chevy pickup.
Unfortunately, the 27-year-old officer was found dead at the accident scene. The woman driving the Camry suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The people in the pickup truck survived uninjured.
As of last reports, authorities were still investigating what may have caused the crash.
With any fatal car accident case in Illinois, it is absolutely imperative to determine what parties are at fault for the incident. Not only is this important for bringing at-fault parties to justice in criminal court, but the evidence gathered in such investigations will also help the family members of deceased victims seek financial restitution for wrongful death damages.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Off-duty Chicago Ridge officer killed Sunday in wrong-way Tri-State crash,” Erin Gallagher, Nick Swedberg, Rosemary Regina Sobol and Carlos Sadovi, Sep. 13, 2015