On May 12, 2019, 7 year-old Lexi Hanson was struck by a pickup truck while riding her bicycle near Geneva Avenue and Courier Avenue in St. Charles. The alleged driver, 42 year-old Brian Quartuccio, fled the scene on foot before turning himself in the following day. Authorities charged Quartuccio with failing to report an accident with injury and driving with a revoked license, in addition to operating an uninsured vehicle and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
On August 14, 2018, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a new law that changed texting-while-driving citations to moving violations, even if the driver is a first-time offender. This change will go into effect on July 1, 2019. Currently, first-time offenders would only receive a non-moving violation.
On July 29, 2018, around 2:00 p.m., a semi-truck crashed with a passenger car, driven by a teenage woman, at the Randall and Hopps roads intersection in Elgin, Illinois. Elgin police report that the woman made her left turn from southbound Randall Road towards eastbound Hopps Road. The semi-truck, driven by a 57 year-old Wheeling man, did manage to sound its horn but could not avoid impact. Authorities pronounced the woman dead at the scene, but they have not released the identities of the drivers or if traffic tickets were issued.
On June 18, 2018, around 7:10 p.m., a Pace bus crashed with a passenger car on Boughton Road and Winston Drive in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Bolingbrook police are still investigating the cause of the crash, but the police reported that the bus struck a tree due to the crash. The bus driver became pinned between his seat and the tree, but was eventually freed by first responders. Authorities have not released the identities of the drivers, or if anyone was cited.
While some environmental factors, such as icy sidewalks and cluttered staircases, can make anyone fall, you are even more likely to find yourself a victim of such circumstances as you age. Why? As you grow older, many parts of your body begin to deteriorate, and there are also other factors at work that make you more likely to fall and suffer an injury as a senior.
In Antonicelli v. Rodriguez, the Illinois Supreme Court found that a Cook County judge was correct in allowing the Defendant, Daniel Rodriguez, to settle for the limits of his policy, $20,000, and to not allow the driver of a semi-truck and his companies that were also involved in the crash to force him to pay more.
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 March 2, 2018, around 2:00 p.m., three semi-trucks and four cars were involved in a fiery crash on inbound I-290 in Elmhurst, near St. Charles Road. Immediately after the crash, a fire spread between multiple truck cabs and cars involved in the pileup. Witnesses told reporters that the crash "sounded like an explosion" in the neighboring areas. Illinois State Police arrived and immediately closed all inbound lanes of the Eisenhower, which remained closed until 3:00 a.m. Friday morning.
Daniel R. Chaidez of Mathys & Schneid recently obtained a $47,500 settlement for a client injured in a bicycle-car crash. The incident happened on July 11, 2015, when our client was riding his bicycle in Chicago and the driver of a parked car opened his door directly in front of the bicyclist. Our client hit the door and suffered a fractured collarbone, but luckily made a quick and full recovery.
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.