Posted On: November 27, 2010

Two Police Officers Injured in Chicago Car Accident

Two Chicago police officers were injured last Thursday night in a hit and run car accident on the city’s west side. The Chicago car crash occurred around 10:00 p.m. near the intersection of South Lawndale Ave. and West Roosevelt Rd. According to reports, the at-fault driver fled the scene of the car crash and no description of the vehicle is currently available. The officers were both on patrol and inside their squad car at the time of the accident. They were assigned to the Ogden District according to police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro.

A spokesperson for the Chicago Fire Department reported that one officer was taken to Stroger Hospital while the other was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital. Both were reportedly admitted in serious to critical condition. Specific information regarding the present condition of the Chicago police officers is mostly unavailable, however, preliminary information indicates that the injuries were not life threatening. Information regarding the driver that caused the Chicago car accident remains unavailable as the accident is still under investigation.

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Posted On: November 24, 2010

Chicago Orthodontist Charged With Sexual Abuse of Minor

A Northwest side orthodontist has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault of a victim between the ages of 13 and 18 stemming from an alleged encounter with a 13 year old at his office last August. According to reports, the accused dentist, Dr. Ernest Panos, operates an office in the 4800 block of North Milwaukee Ave in the city of Chicago. Panos is accused of fondling a 13 year old girl in an examination chair over her clothing while her mother was waiting in the car. The alleged victim was at the office for a routine adjustment of her braces when the alleged sexual abuse occurred. Bond was set at $200,000.00 for the Northwest Side orthodontist.

The orthodontist was originally arrested on August 11, 2010, and questioned by local police. Charges were not brought at that time. Panos was not arrested until the early morning of November 23, 2010. Panos’s attorney reports that his client is 81 years old and in poor health and that he has no previous criminal record. He claims that the accused also served in the U.S. military and has been a citizen for fifty years. Panos has been barred from any contact with the victim, her mother, or any other children under the age of 18. He is next scheduled to appear in court on December 13, 2010, for a preliminary hearing.

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Posted On: November 22, 2010

Chicago Woman Charged with DUI in Fatal South Side Car Accident

A one vehicle car accident claimed the life of two individuals last Friday afternoon in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood. The fatal Chicago car accident occurred in the 500 block of West 111th Street in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood. According to authorities, an Oldsmobile Achieva was eastbound on 111th street when it ran a stop sign, crossed the center line, and hit a curb and a tree. Both a 13 year old boy and a 34 year old woman were pronounced dead on the scene of the crash according to a spokesperson from the Chicago Fire Department. Both of the Chicago car accident victims were in the backseat of the vehicle at the time of the crash. Neither was related to the at-fault driver and the relationship between vehicle occupants remains unknown at this time. The Chicago car accident victims were both residents of Chicago’s South Side.

The driver and one other passenger survived the Chicago car crash. They were both transported to an area hospital following the accident where they were treated and released. The driver of the vehicle was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol according to Chicago Police. She is scheduled to appear in Traffic Court on December 14th for the DUI charges while investigation of the accident by authorities remains ongoing.

Posted On: November 19, 2010

Elgin, IL, Car Accident Injures Three

An Elgin area motor vehicle accident left three injured last night in the far western Chicago
suburbs. The Illinois car accident occurred on Illinois Route 31 between Interstate 90
and Airport Rd. around 10 p.m. According to police spokesperson Sue Olafson, two
unidentified men were pushing a black Ford Mustang northbound when the accident
occurred. The Mustang was reportedly rear-ended by a white Chevrolet Corsica that was
also travelling northbound on Illinois Route 31. The accident victims were all outside of
the vehicle when the accident occurred.

Two of the Chicago car accident victims were rushed to local hospitals in critical
condition. The third victim, who had been pushing the Mustang at the driver’s side
door, was listed in good condition following the Chicago area car crash. Information
related to the vehicle accident was made available by local authorities including police
spokesperson Sue Olafson. The police are still investigating the Chicago car crash.
Current specifics regarding the Chicago area car accident remains scarce.

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surrounding suburbs, you should contact an Illinois car accident attorney as soon as
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Posted On: November 15, 2010

Chicago Tribune Investigation Uncovers Sexual Abuse of Patients by Suburban Doctor

An article in this Sunday’s Chicago Tribune detailed several allegations of sexual abuse against Dr. Allan Aven of whose practice was based out of Arlington Heights, IL. In all, three different women have alleged that Dr. Aven had engaged them in sexual relationships while he acting as their physician. The Chicago doctor has now closed his Illinois office and set up a practice in Arizona.

The most recent allegations come from a woman who claims that the doctor had recommended that she engage in sexual intercourse with him in order to medically stimulate her libido. The doctor also allegedly prescribed many prescription medications to the victim. She was eventually treated at Northwest Community Hospital where she was weaned off the drugs prescribed by Aven. A similar and more disturbing story alleged of sexual abuse by the Doctor occurred in 2001 when one of his sexual abuse victims was found lying on his office steps after having overdosed on medications that he prescribed. Aven had been having an ongoing sexual relationship with the deceased woman. A complaint was filed to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation following the death. Dr. Aven’s license was suspended for only four months following that incident and he was placed on a two-year probation. He met with his probation officer only one time and continues to hold his license and practice medicine to this date.

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Posted On: November 15, 2010

Teen Charged in DUI Car Accident that Killed Suburban Chicago Woman

An Illinois teen has been charged with reckless homicide and four counts of aggravated DUI following a fatal one car accident in suburban Bolingbrook, IL. The Chicago car crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday November 13, 2010. According to reports, the accused is a 17 year old teen driver had been at a nearby night club prior to the fatal crash. The driver was allegedly driving erratically and doing donuts in the parking lot of the nightclub before the accident. Reports indicate that he almost hit a nightclub bouncer leaving the parking lot. The teen driver allegedly crashed his car into a garden level apartment while attempting to park his vehicle upon returning home. The driver allegedly hit the gas pedal of his vehicle on mistake catapulting the vehicle into a garden level apartment. His car pinned the Chicago car accident victim to her bed, causing her death.

The teen driver’s blood alcohol level was .204 according to a Hospital blood draw performed right after the fatal crash. The driver and a passenger allegedly attempted to flee the scene of the fatal car crash but they were grabbed and held by a neighbor. A Will County judge set his bail at $1 million dollars on Monday.

Posted On: November 8, 2010

Chicago Woman Killed in Southside DUI Car Accident

A Chicago woman was fatally struck by a vehicle early last Saturday morning on Chicago’s South Side. The tragic Chicago car accident occurred on the 7300 block of South Racine Ave. around 2:15 a.m. on November 6th. According to reports, the Chicago car accident victim was crossing the street near that location when she was struck by a motorist. Her sister witnessed the tragedy first hand. The accident victim was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL, where she was pronounced dead at 2:42 a.m. according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy of the Chicago vehicle accident victim showed that Hicks died of multiple injuries resulting from the alcohol related Chicago car accident.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the victim now faces one count each of aggravated DUI accident causing death, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level of at least .08. failure to reduce speed, failure to stay within a lane, not yielding to a pedestrian, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Further information regarding the individual that caused the deadly Chicago car crash is not available at this time.

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Posted On: November 5, 2010

Chicago Woman Killed in West Side Car Accident

A Chicago woman who had spent years working with senior citizens in Cicero, IL, was
killed this morning in a tragic west side car crash. The Chicago car accident occurred at
the intersection of Laramie and 32nd Place around 7:20 a.m. According to reports, the
victim was driving her 2001 Kia Sephia southbound on Laramie when a northbound Ford
Explorer crossed into the southbound lanes and struck her vehicle. The Kia came to a rest
in the southbound lanes of Laramie Ave. near the northwest corner of the intersection.

The Chicago car accident victim was rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago where she was pronounced dead at 9:40 a.m. The driver of the Explorer was treated for non-
life threatening injuries at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL. The victim of the crash
has been described as a well-liked town worker for the town of Cicero, IL. Police have
indicated that the at-fault driver may have suffered a ‘medical emergency’ causing him
to lose control of his vehicle and swerve into oncoming traffic. Police have indicated that
alcohol was likely not a factor in the tragic Chicago car crash. The matter is still being
investigated and reviewed by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

If you have been the victim of a car accident in or around Chicago area, you should
contact a Chicago personal injury attorney as soon as possible to investigate the accident
and preserve crucial evidence.

Posted On: November 3, 2010

Woman Killed in South Suburban Chicago Truck Accident

An Indiana woman was killed early Wednesday morning when her vehicle was struck by a truck in South Suburban Crete, IL. The fatal Chicago area truck accident occurred at the intersection of Sterger Road and Route 394 in the Crete Township. According to reports, a southbound truck on Route 394 failed to stop at the intersection colliding with a Chrysler sedan that was eastbound on Steger Rd. The driver of the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene of the fatal Chicago truck crash at 7:10 a.m. There were no other passengers in the Chicago car accident victim’s vehicle.

The driver of the truck was issued a citation for disobeying a traffic control device and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He was reportedly hauling hogs when the fatal south suburban car accident occurred. The crash reportedly started in Cook County and ended in Will County prompting State Police District Chicago to investigate the accident. The Will County coroner has performed an autopsy on the Chicago car crash victim and determined that the death resulted from injuries sustained in the crash. The circumstances surrounding the fatal crash are still being investigated.

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Posted On: November 2, 2010

Lake Zurich High School Teacher Charged with Childhood Sexual Abuse

A Lake Zurich high school drama teacher was charged with aggravated criminal sexual
earlier this week following allegations that the teacher had an inappropriate
relationship with a student. The teacher, Ronald D. Culver of Inverness, IL, resigned
his position at Lake Zurich High School and turned himself into authorities on Monday
night. He has reportedly been released on $10,000.00 bail. According to reports,
the sexual abuse allegations came to light last Thursday when a student reported an
inappropriate relationship to a school administrator. The Lake Zurich Police were
immediately contacted and performed an investigation determining that a relationship did
in fact exist between Culver and a student.

Culver was first hired in 1994 as a speech and drama teacher at a middle school within
the school district. He was subsequently hired to teach English at Lake Zurich High
School. He had been a full time English and drama teacher at the high school since
2001. The charges against Culver carry a possible sentence of 3 to 7 years in jail. Local
authorities are asking anyone with information that might be relevant to the charges
against Culver to contact Lake Zurich Police Officer Denise Bradstreet at 847-719-1695.

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