Posted On: October 29, 2010

Rockford, IL, Sunday School Teacher and Church Trustee Charged with Sexual Abuse

A Rockford, IL, youth pastor was formally charged with more than twenty counts of sexual abuse earlier this week after two alleged victims came forward. The accused, 54 year old Terry Carlson of Rockford, IL, held a number of titles and responsibilities with Kishwaukee Baptist Chuch in Rockford, IL. He had spent time as a church bus driver, church trustee, and Sunday school instructor over the last several years. Investigators and the Winnebago County State’s Attorney are now urging anyone with information or similar allegations relative to Carlson to come forward.

Investigators have not revealed whether the alleged sexual abuse occurred on church grounds. Bond for the alleged childhood sexual abuse perpetrator has been set at half a million dollars. Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato is qouted, “If you have as a parent, any information that you feel like before, didn’t make sense to you, or that you didn’t report now would be the time to so.”

If you have been the victim of sexual abuse in Chicago or any of the surrounding suburbs, you should consider contacting an attorney to explore potential avenues of recovery and protect your rights. For more information on sexual abuse in Illinois, please click here.

Posted On: October 26, 2010

Suburban Chicago Hit and Run Driver Kills Pedestrian

A Chicago area hit and run accident claimed the life of a suburban woman earlier this
week in North Aurora, IL. The fatal crash occurred early on Monday October 25, 2010,
near 42 S. Grant St. in the town of North Aurora, IL. According to reports, the driver of
a southbound van on Grant St. struck two individuals that were standing near a parked
car on the street. The van allegedly clipped the parked car before striking two pedestrians
that were standing in front of the parked car. The parked car belonged to one of the
Chicago car accident victims. The driver of the van reportedly fled the scene of the
accident immediately after striking the two Chicago car accident victims. The at-fault
driver turned himself in to the North Aurora Police Department at 5:01 a.m. the next day

The two car accident victims were discovered lying on the pavement near the scene of
the crash. Emergency personnel took the injured pedestrians to Provena Mercy Center
in Aurora, IL, where one of the victims was pronounced dead. The other
Chicago car crash victim was treated for unspecified injuries at the same hospital. The
Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team and North Aurora Police Department have
joined to investigate the fatal Chicago car crash. No charges have been filed against the
driver responsible for the crash.

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Posted On: October 22, 2010

Chicago Police Officer in Training Seriously Injured on Chicago Expressway

A good Samaritan rookie Chicago police officer was seriously injured on Chicago’s Stevenson expressway earlier this morning after he left his vehicle to assist another motorist. The officer, 28 year old Danny Vazquez, was struck around 12:45 a.m. while he attempted to render aid to a vehicle that had crashed into the median in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 near the Damen exit. According to Illinois State Police, the officer was struck by another vehicle as he approached the one car Chicago car accident. The officer, who was scheduled to graduate from the Police academy on November 16, 2010, was awarded his star only one week ago. He was recently sent out to work a probationary five day street detail with the Gresham police district according to Assistant Deputy Supt Howard Lodding. He was slated to return to the street on November 1st.

The injured officer was rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. He reportedly suffered a brain injury as a result of the crash. The motorist responsible for the Chicago car accident was issued citations for failure to yield to a pedestrian, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving without a license, and improper lane usage. Local authorities are still investigating the expressway car crash.

Chicago drivers should take extra precaution when exiting a vehicle by foot on any of the Chicago area expressways. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a Chicago area vehicle accident and you would like to speak with a lawyer, please click here,

Posted On: October 19, 2010

Plainfield, IL, Truck Accident Sends Six to Area Hospitals

A Chicago area truck accident sent six people to area hospitals around 6:30 p.m. on Monday night in Plainfield, IL. According to published reports, a Romeoville, IL, man was operating a large construction truck in the eastbound lane of Route 20 near Heggs Rd. when he crossed the center line striking two vehicles head-on before colliding with a semi-truck. The victims of the Chicago area truck accident include a 21 year old resident of Montgomery, IL, a 24 year old resident of Aurora, IL, and a 43 year old resident of Evansville according to Illinois State Police.

The victims of the car accident were taken to Rush Copley Hospital in Aurora, IL, with non life threatening injuries. Police have indicated no drugs or alcohol were detected in the truck driver’s system immediately following the truck crash. The at-fault truck driver now faces a misdemeanor traffic charge for improper lane usage carrying a penalty of up to a year in jail and fines. He was not arrested following the multi-vehicle truck accident. Route 30 was shut down for about ten hours following the vehicle crash.

Posted On: October 15, 2010

Barrington Hills, IL, Car Accident Causes One Fatality

A fatal Chicago area car accident left one woman dead and another individual injured earlier this morning in Barrington Hills, IL. The car accident occurred at about 8:17 a.m. on Algonquin Rd. between Bateman and Helms Roads in Barrington Hills, IL, near Carpentersville, IL. According to reports, responding officers witnessed a Ford Escort operating erratically on westbound Route 62. The Escort apparently crossed the center lane just west of Bateman road striking an eastbound 2003 Acura head-on. The driver of the Acura was rushed to St. Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford Escort was pronounced dead at the scene. A portion of Algonquin Rd. between Bateman and Helm Roads was closed while police investigated the crash. The Barrington Hills Police Department and Major Crash Assistance Team are still investigating the fatal suburban Chicago car accident.

The area of road that was the site of the fatal crash is somewhat notorious due to the high speed of most vehicles traveling down Algonquin Rd. Chicago drivers should take extra caution when operating motor vehicles at a high rate of speed in and around the city and suburbs. If you have any questions about high speed car accidents or would like to speak to an attorney experienced in handling fatal Chicago car accidents, please contact the Klest Injury Law Firm.

Posted On: October 14, 2010

Evenflo Announces Recall of about 18,000 Child Safety Seats

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today that Evenflo has issued a voluntary recall of some 18,000 child booster seats. The recalled child safety products go by the name of Maestro Combination Booster Seats. The recall was initiated after the child safety seats developed troubling cracks during certain laboratory tests simulating high impact front end collisions. The recall notice states that these types of accidents may cause a crack at the front of the seat adjacent to the harness adjuster causing inadequate restraint of the child and increasing the risk of injury. The NHTSA has determined that the seats fail to conform to the structural integrity requirements of the motor vehicle safety standards.

The recall specifically targets some 13,792 booster seats with model numbers beginning with “310”. These seats were reportedly manufactured between November 24, 2009, and April 9, 2010. Additionally, about 5,000 Canadian units have been recalled and removed from shelves. Evenflo is providing owners of the at-risk booster seats with a reinforcement plate along with repair instructions. The company has indicated that children under 40 lbs should not be placed in the seat without a repair bracket installed. The reinforcement kits can be obtained by calling 1-800-233-5921.

If you are an Illinois parent, you should be sure to check your child’s safety seat to ensure that it is not one of the at-risk products. Manufacture and design defects can lead to very serious injuries. If you would like to speak with a Chicago lawyer regarding a defective product, please click here.

Posted On: October 12, 2010

Recent Study Determines More than Half of Chicago Parishes Housed Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse

A study released yesterday by the sexual abuse victims' groups Voice of the Faithful, African American Advocates for Victims of Clergy Sex Abuse and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has found that more than half of the Roman Catholic parishes in Chicago had endured an allegation of sexual abuse by a priest at some point in time. The findings indicated that from 1980 until 1990, 57.7% of Chicago parishes harbored at least one accused priest. Numbers from other decades are almost identical.

The accuracy of the findings has been questioned by the Archdiocese of Chicago. A spokesperson for the Diocese noted that ‘the analysis and conclusions appear to be questionable’. The data was compiled by workers from the reform groups combing through a database compiled of accused, admitted and convicted priests. Sixty five of the accusations were substantiated by the Diocese whereas the other 32 originated from civil sexual abuse lawsuits and media reports. The study did determine that certain areas had higher instances of priests accused of sexual abuse. Those areas include Chicago’s Bridgeport, West Town, Lincoln Park, and Garfield Ridge neighborhoods. The study spanned the assignment of priests from 1917 through 2009. Several churches including Saint Leonard Parish in Berwyn, Saint Aloysius Church in Wicker Park and Saint Christina Parish in Mount Greenwood had multiple accused priests come through their doors.

The study is indicative of an epidemic that has swept through Chicago. Sexual abuse victims often do not know where to turn for recourse. The Klest Law Firm has over twenty nine years of experience advocating on behalf of sexual abuse victims in Chicago and throughout Illinois. To speak with an experienced Chicago area victims’ rights attorney, please click here.

Posted On: October 7, 2010

Chicago Car Accident Involving Police Vehicle Kills Teen

A Chicago teen was killed on Tuesday night following a motor vehicle accident with a police vehicle. The fatal Chicago car crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of 95th St. and Central Park Avenue in Evergreen Park, IL. According to reports, the police vehicle was eastbound on 95th St. pursuing another vehicle when it collided with the victim’s vehicle which was attempting to make a left turn onto westbound 95th St. from Central Park Ave. The speed of the officer’s vehicle remains unknown as do facts related to whether the emergency equipment was activated at the time of the crash.

The victim, an 18 year old Chicago resident, was pronounced dead at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL, at 11:50 p.m. The Cook County Medical Examiner has ruled the death accidental and determined that alcohol did not play a role in the tragic car crash. Police have indicated that they will review tapes from the squad car in an effort to determine how the tragic accident occurred. Accident reconstruction specialists closed traffic both ways on 95th St. early Wednesday morning for investigative purposes.

Accident investigation is very important in determining liability for Illinois car accidents. If you or someone you know has been involved in a car crash, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to investigate the accident and protect your rights. To speak with a seasoned Chicago accident attorney, please click here.

Posted On: October 5, 2010

Interstate 57 Multi-Vehicle Truck Accident Claims Life of Chicago Man

A fatal multi vehicle accident on I-57 left one man dead early last Saturday morning. The four vehicle crash occurred in Coles County, IL, near Mattoon, IL. According to reports, a southbound motorist on the expressway swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway. She then lost control of her vehicle, a Chevrolet Aveo, and crossed into the northbound lanes striking a northbound vehicle. That northbound vehicle, a Chevy Lumina Sedan, was then struck from the rear by a northbound semitractor ejecting the driver. The ejected driver was then struck by a second northbound truck. The first semi truck finally came to rest in the median.

The passengers in the Lumina included the victim’s wife and his 1 year old child. Neither of the wife or the young child was seriously hurt in the expressway truck accident. The driver of the Aveo was issued a traffic citation for improper lane usage. The Coles County coroner has scheduled an autopsy on the decedent. The accident remains under investigation by local authorities and the Illinois State Police.

Expressway truck accidents tend to be very serious due to the weight and size of the vehicles involved and the speed of the collisions. If you have been involved in an expressway truck accident, you should contact an attorney immediately to discuss your options.

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