On October 8, 2018, Hinigo Olvera, 67, struck and killed a pregnant woman near Lake Street and Park Avenue in Streamwood, Illinois at 7:30 p.m. Authorities say Olvera, who previously faced a DUI charge in 2013, was under the influence while driving his truck when he hit Aries Cobian, age 29, who was helping her cousin push their broken-down car along Lake Street. Cobian was 12 weeks pregnant at the time of the crash.
On March 11, 2018, Timothy McGuire, 37, caused a fatal two-car collision near 167th Street and 80th Avenue in Tinley Park, Illinois at 9:50 p.m. Tinley Park Police have not released exact details of the crash, but did report that McGuire was uninsured and hit another vehicle while intoxicated. As a result of the crash, a passenger in the second car, Armida Reyes, 79, of Tinley Park, was killed. Police also report that McGuire and two other occupants were injured and transported to local hospitals.
On January 20, 2018, Brian Larson, 36, caused a four-car collision on I-55 just south of I-355 near Bolingbrook, Illinois at 1:52 a.m. Illinois State Police have not released the details of the crash, but did report that Larson was injured and later charged with driving under the influence. As a result of the crash, Carlos Ortiz, 31, Plainfield, was killed.
Mathys & Schneid recently filed a lawsuit in Kendall County on behalf of a passenger who was injured in a single-car crash that occurred on August 10, 2017. Our client was one of four passengers in a car when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree on Douglas Road in Oswego. The lawsuit alleges that the driver of the car drove too fast for conditions, failed to reduce speed to avoid a crash, failed to keep a safe and proper lookout, and failed to keep the car on the road. The lawsuit also alleges that the driver acted willfully and wantonly by driving under the influence.
On November 4, 2017, Anne Scott, 43, caused a head-on collision at Main Street and Route 47 in Yorkville. Police say that Scott was attempting to turn south onto Route 47 when she crossed over the center dividing lines and hit a northbound car. Scott left the scene and struck a traffic sign before being located and arrested by police.
Across the country, Labor Day weekend signifies the unofficial end of summer as vacationers look to have one more party before the fall season. Unfortunately, this increase in drivers on the road causes an increase in car accidents. If you decide to drive this weekend, there are some statistics you should be aware of.
With so many people on roadways in Illinois during Labor Day weekend, there is a significant rise in the number of car accidents and auto accident-related injuries. But how significant is that rise? Is there more than just an increase in the number of cars on the road to blame for these accidents?
On March 20, 2015, Joliet resident Mark Cipolla was struck and killed while standing on the northwest corner of the intersection of Hickory Street and Western Avenue in Joliet by two drivers who were both driving under the influence.
Mark W. Mathys of Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid recently obtained a $650,000 settlement for a family of a man who was killed in a drunk driving accident in DuPage County.