Posted On: April 30, 2010

Plainfield, IL, Car Accident Critically Injures Two

A motor vehicle accident left two Chicago area women critically injured earlier this week in southwest suburban Plainfield, IL. The Illinois car accident occurred on East Renwick Road near the intersection of South McClellan Ave around 3:00 a.m. According to Plainfield Fire Department Lt. Joe Bickerton, a vehicle was travelling westbound on East Renwick Road when the driver lost control of the car. The vehicle slid off the roadway and rammed into a telephone pole. One of the car accident victims was thrown from the car as the telephone poll was severed in half.

The women, who were both in their early twenties, were transported by ambulance in critical condition to St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, IL. A medevac helicopter was initially dispatched to the scene but was unable to land due to inclimate weather. The Chicago area car accident is still under investigation.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury in a Chicago car accident you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to investigate the accident and protect your rights. The Klest Law Firm has over twenty nine years of experience litigating motor vehicle accident claims in the State of Illinois. To speak with an experienced Chicago accident attorney, please click here.

Posted On: April 27, 2010

Twelve Year Old Chicago Boy Killed in Bicycle-Vehicle Accident

A 12 year old boy was killed last Sunday April 18th when he was struck by a vehicle in Chicago’s Clearing neighborhood. The vehicle-bicycle accident occurred on the 6300 block of West 60th St. around 8:25 p.m. The accident victim was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk near that location when he was hit by a pickup truck. According to reports, the truck was travelling south on Nargansett Ave. attempting to make a right turn onto 60th street when the boy was hit. The boy was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL. He was pronounced dead at 11:03 p.m.

Police issued traffic citations to the truck driver for failure to yield the right of way and negligent driving. The Chicago police Major Accident Investigation Unit is still investigating the tragic bicycle accident.

Children are often the victims of fatal bicycle accidents. About 1/3 of the children hospitalized for bicycle accidents suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). While some of these accidents are the result of bicycle operator error, others can stem from negligent driving of a motorist. If you or someone you know has been injured in a Chicago area bicycle accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to investigate the accident and protect your rights. For more information on Illinois bike accidents or to speak with an injury lawyer, please call 847-969-9510.

Posted On: April 23, 2010

Train Signals were not Properly Functioning at Intersection Prior to Tragic Illinois Train Accident

Officials from the Canadian National Railway (CNR) have admitted that track signals at the Stuenkel Rd. intersection were not functioning properly last Friday night when a young dance instructor was hit by a train. The fatal Chicago area train accident occurred on the Amtrak tracks in University Park, IL, about a half mile from Governors State University. Initial reports of the tragedy had indicated that railroad crews working near the intersection had inadvertently deactivated the gates, bells and warning lights prior to the fatal Chicago train accident. An investigator who wished to remain nameless disclosed, “This was human error.” These findings were corroborated by a video camera that was on board the four car Amtrak train. That video shows that there were no flashing lights, barrier gates, and/or bells activated at the Stuenkel Road crossing.

The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating the accident along with Canadian National, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Commerce Commission and the National Transportation Safety Board. Officials from Canadian National have declined to comment on the tragic train accident, however a statement was issued admitting that the crossing protection systems in place at the intersection did not function properly.

Train accidents require exhaustive investigation and often involve many parties. If you have been injured in an Illinois train accident, you should contact an Illinois personal injury attorney to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident. The Klest Law Firm has over thirty years of experience helping victims of Illinois accidents.

Posted On: April 22, 2010

Nuevos Cargos Penales Contra Sacerdote de Chicago que fue Acusado de Abuso Sexual

Se han presentado cargos criminales frescos contra el Sacerdote Alejandro Flores derivadas de su tiempo como un seminarista en la parroquia de St. Mary en West Chicago, IL y la parroquia de Holy Family en Shorewood, Illinois. Flores ha sido bajo custodia de la policía, ya que él se entregó el 20 de enero de 2010. Él está actualmente detenido en la cárcel del condado de Kane bajo fianza de 1 millón de dólares. Flores hizo los titulares anteriores este año cuando intentó suicidarse tras las denuncias de abuso sexual. Flores saltó 20 pies desde un balcón en la Iglesia de Santa María de Carmelitas en Joliet, Illinois, en este enero pasado cuando la policía fueron a iniciar una investigación de abuso sexual.

Flores enfrenta las acusaciones de que tuvo contacto sexual con un joven de St. Charles entre el 1 de enero de 2005 y el 1 de enero de 2010. Flores también esta acusado de intentar iniciar el contacto sexual con el hermano mayor de ese chico durante el mismo período de tiempo. Flores fue acusado el martes en un cargo de depredador criminal de aggression sexual, seis cargos de penal la agresión sexual, seis cargos de abuso sexual agravado de penal, dos cargos de solicitud indecente de un niño y un cargo del intento de abuso sexual Penal agravado. Flores enfrenta a un mínimo de 25 años en prisión si es declarado culpable. Las nuevas acusaciones prevalecerán sobre la denuncia de abuso sexual criminal presentado el 15 de enero. Estos nuevos cargos se basan en la información que fue descubierta durante una investigación de Flores.

La empreza de abodagos Klest tiene más de veintiocho años de experiencia defendiendo en nombre de los víctimas de abuso sexual. El Abogado Joseph Klest de Chicago ayudó en el proyecto del estatuto de limitaciones por abuso sexual para casos en Illinois. Si desea hablar con un abogado con respecto a los derechos de los víctimas de abuso sexual, por favor haga clic aquí.

Posted On: April 21, 2010

New Criminal Charges brought against Chicago Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse

Fresh criminal sexual abuse charges have been filed against Rev. Alejandro Flores stemming from his time as a seminarian at St. Mary’s Parish in West Chicago, IL, and Holy Family Parish in Shorewood, IL. Flores has been under police custody since he surrendered on January 20th of 2010. He is currently being held in Kane County Jail on $1 million dollar bond. Flores made headlines earlier this year when he attempted to commit suicide following sexual abuse allegations. Flores leapt 20 feet from a balcony at St. Mary’s Carmelite Church in Joliet, IL, last January as police were initiating a sexual abuse investigation.

Flores is facing allegations that he had sexual contact with a young St. Charles boy between January 1st, 2005, and January 1st, 2010. Flores is also accused of attempting sexual contact with the older sibling of that boy during the same time period. Flores was indicted Tuesday on one count of predatory criminal sexual assault, six counts of criminal sexual assault, six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, two counts of indecent solicitation of a child, and one count of attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Flores faces a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted. The new indictments supersede the criminal sexual abuse complaint filed on January 15th. These new charges are based on information that was uncovered during an investigation of Flores.

The Klest Law Firm has over twenty eight years on experience advocating on behalf of sexual abuse victims. Chicago attorney Joseph G. Klest helped draft the statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases in Illinois. If you would like to speak with an attorney regarding sexual abuse victims’ rights, please click here.

Posted On: April 16, 2010

Southwest Chicago Motorcycle Accident Leaves One Dead

A motorcycle accident on Chicago’s Southwest Side has claimed the life of a Chicago area man. According to reports, 36 year-old Edil Vega was killed early yesterday morning when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle on the Southwest Side. Edil, a resident of Homestead Dr. in Hampshire, IL, was reportedly involved in a high speed collision near the intersection of 55th St. and South Laramie Avenue. The Chicago motorcycle-car accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. early yesterday morning according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Amina Green.

The injured motorcyclist was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL. He was pronounced dead at 3:58 a.m. according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. The driver of the car involved in the accident suffered no injuries. Further details regarding the Illinois motorcycle accident are not available at this time.

Operating a motorcycle can be extremely dangerous, especially on busy Chicago expressways. Motorcycle accident victims can suffer devastating consequences when they are involved in accidents with automobiles. The Klest Law Firm handles all type of vehicle related personal injury matters including motorcycle accidents. If or a loved one has been injured in a Chicago area motorcycle accident and would like a free consultation, please call us today.

Posted On: April 9, 2010

Alcohol Fueled Northwest Suburban Chicago Car Accident Kills Two

Alcohol has been implicated as playing a role in a fatal car accident in Barrington Hills, IL. The tragic car accident occurred late yesterday afternoon around 4:20 p.m. on Dundee Rd. just west of Dundee Ln. in the Northwest Suburb. According to reports, the crash occurred when an eastbound 2004 Nissan Maxima crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2002 white Buick LeSabre. The driver of the Buick, 84 year-old Sarah Yaple of St. Charles, IL, and the driver of the Nissan, 24 year-old Oscar Arce of North Aurora, IL, were both killed in the accident. Arce and Yaple were pronounced dead at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, IL, shortly after the accident. A passenger in the Nissan, 25 year-old Elroy Arce also of North Aurora, IL, was taken to St. Alexian where he was treated for injuries resulting from the car accident. His condition was not immediately available following the accident.

Firefighters from the Barrington Countryside Protection District responded to the accident following a phone call from a passerby. According to the police, the Buick came to a rest in a ditch on the north side of road. The Nissan was found on the eastbound shoulder of the road. Police have determined that alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident. Portions of Dundee Rd. were closed on Thursday while the accident was being investigated.

DUI related car accidents are often lethal. If you have been involved in a car accident in which alcohol was a contributing factor, you should contact a lawyer immediately to investigate the accident and protect a potential claim. The Klest Law Firm has over twenty eight years of experience handling DUI related car accidents. To speak with an attorney from the Klest Law Firm, please click here.

Posted On: April 5, 2010

South Side Chicago Car-Pedestrian Critically Injures Three

A south side Chicago car-pedestrian collision left three people in critical condition in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood early Saturday morning. The accident reportedly involved a Chicago Fire Department (CFD) sport utility vehicle, an AT & T truck and a pedestrian. According to reports, the Chicago car crash occurred at approximately 8:27 a.m. at the intersection of South Kedzie and West 59th St. The force of the collision sent the Fire Department vehicle over the sidewalk curb where it struck an elderly female pedestrian.

The 71 year -old pedestrian accident victim was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment of her injuries following the accident. The drivers of the Chicago Fire Department vehicle and the AT & T truck reportedly suffered critical injuries as a result of the car accident. Those motorists were taken to Holy Cross Hospital. The Chicago car-pedestrian accident is still under investigation.

Chicago car-pedestrian accidents can have devastating results for both drivers and pedestrians. Accident investigation is especially important in car-pedestrian accidents. If you have been involved in a Chicago area car accident, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to begin the investigation process. The Klest Law Firm has over twenty eight years of experience representing accident victims. For a free consultation with an Illinois injury attorney, please click here.

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