Teen drivers are often energetic, ready to hit the road with their friends, and feel invincible with their newly found driving responsibility. The privilege to drive isn't something that should be taken lightly. For many people, driving is seen as a right, and for new drivers, it seems like a simple task that eventually becomes a secondary activity to texting or surfing the web behind the wheel.
A Kankakee County crash took the life of a fourth-grade girl and hospitalized four people including the child's father and two other children. Illinois State Police say the fatal car accident happened when one of two drivers ran a stop sign on Route 50.
A bizarre police incident turned deadly in East St. Louis. Authorities believe an Illinois man was drunk or drugged when he swiped a police cruiser and caused a fatal car accident.
Justice is not moving swiftly enough for the mayor of Highland Park. The official is accusing prosecutors in Lake County of improprieties in the investigation of a pedestrian accident that took the life of a 5-year-old child on Labor Day.
A Chicago taxi driver told people who pulled him to safety that he tried to hit the brakes to prevent a recent car crash he was involved in. Nearby drivers saw the pedestrian accident -- a cab shooting through an intersection, striking a utility pole, flipping multiple times, slamming into a pedestrian and catching fire.
A fatal truck accident near Mulberry Grove, Illinois, killed a woman and her elementary school-age daughters. An 18-wheeler smashed into the back of the woman's car when she stopped her Toyota Camry to allow deer to cross Interstate 70.
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.
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.
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.
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.