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Speeding driver kills self, three members of Chicago-area family

A young driver in the Chicago area, who had several previous traffic violations and license suspensions, was going double the speed limit, and possibly up to 100mph, when he struck a vehicle carrying members of an area family who were involved heavily involved in their local community.

The aftermath left three members of the family, the mom, the dad, and a daughter in college, dead. The driver of the speeding vehicle also died in the fatal car crash. Left behind are two children, one 15 and one nine. Neither child was in the vehicle at the time of the accident. A passenger in the speeding vehicle was critically injured and taken to a hospital. A third car was involved in the fatal accident, but, thankfully, the occupants only suffered what authorities described as minor injuries.

According to authorities, the speeding driver was heading west along an area roadway and was not able to stop for the family's car, which was turning in to a local YMCA for a soccer game in which both the mother and daughter were participating. Police found no skid marks. The speeding driver smashed the family's car, also pushing it in to another vehicle. Authorities described the accident as among the worst they had seen and located parts of the family's car 50 feet from the site of impact. The at-fault driver, now deceased, had been ticketed repeatedly in the past for speeding.

Relatives and neighbors had fond words for the family and offered condolences and support. A relative of the speeding driver did not wish to comment to the media.

This case is only the latest tragedy that was brought about by someone deciding to flatly ignore the speed limit and travel at a dangerously high speed. Once the emotional shock of the tragedy starts to subside, the family will likely need ongoing financial support, especially with funeral expenses and the loss of both parents' incomes. One way to get this compensation would be through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "4 killed in crash in which police say driver may have been traveling more than 100 mph," Karen Ann Cullotta, Feb. 17, 2017.

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