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A Chicago resident has entered a plea of not guilty to drunk driving charges stemming from a fatal car accident that occurred on in late June in Wilmette, IL. The fatal Chicago area car crash occurred near the 700 block of Sheridan Rd. in Wilmette around 2:30 a.m. on June 28, 2010. According to reports, the Defendant was speeding in a black Nissan at that time and location when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a fire hydrant and a tree.

Two of the five individuals in the vehicle died as a result of the car accident. The two deceased passengers, both teenage girls, were in the backseat of the vehicle. Reports indicate that the driver, a 20 year old resident of Chicago, had picked four girls up that evening and taken the group to the movies. The group then allegedly purchased a bottle of vodka which was consumed prior to the deadly car accident which claimed the lives of two teenage passengers. A third passenger was hospitalized while the fourth did not suffer any injuries. The allegedly intoxicated driver suffered a broken ankle. He has been held on a $2 million bond that was set on June 30. He pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated last Monday. A status hearing for the case is set for September 15th.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an alcohol related car accident, you should speak with an attorney immediately to protect vital evidence. The Klest Law Firm has over twenty eight years of experience advocating on behalf of accident victims in Illinois.

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A study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has found that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are responsible for around 1.7 million hospital visits and about 52,000 deaths per year. This number accounts for nearly one third of injury related fatalities in the United States. However, the most disturbing aspect of the study was the documented increase in TBI-related emergency room visits and hospitalizaton. The study, entitled “Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Death” determined that traumatic brain injury related ER visits increased 14.4% and hospitalizations increased 19.5% over the course of the 2002-2006 survey period.

The statistics show that the groups most susceptible to traumatic brain injuries include young children, teens and the very elderly. The highest rate of death is seen in seniors over the age of 75 years old. The top cause of TBI injuries are slip and fall situations with the highest rate of falls seen in children under 5 and seniors 75 years or older. Car accidents make up the second leading cause of TBI injuries and also the leading cause of TBI deaths. According to the study, 31.8% of TBI deaths result from serious car accidents.

The statistics were compiled as part of the CDC’s ‘Head’s Up’ program which was implemented to provide information to health care professionals and patients regarding traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries have both short term and long term consequences including altered thoughts, perceptions and emotions.

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A tragic blaze left seven people dead on Sunday morning in Cicero, IL. The Chicago fire damaged several houses located on the 3000 block of 48th Court leaving more than 20 people homeless. The fire claimed the lives of 20 year-old Byron Reed, 19 year-old Sallie Gist, and their sons Rayshawn Reed and Byron Reed. The inferno also took the lives of Gist’s brother Elijah Gist, sister Elisha Gist, and family friend Tiera Davidson. The relatives had reportedly congregated at the Cicero, IL, residence to celebrate the birthday of a family member. The building, located at 3034 48th Court, contains two two-bedroom apartments and two three-bedroom apartments
Five of the deceased, including the three children, were found in the attic of the residence according to Cicero Assistant Fire Marhall Ron Opalecky. It remains unclear whether or not anyone was living in the attic when the fire started. The total number of individuals that were in the building when the fire started is still unknown. The City of Cicero took 23 persons who were in the building and surrounding areas to a public safety facility. The town promises to investigate occupancy regulations in the coming days.

The victims of the deadly fire should pursue an investigation into the blaze as soon as possible in order to preserve evidence. An experienced Chicago injury lawyer can help investigate the fire and protect your rights.

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A Chicago car accident along Interstate 80 resulted in one death on Sunday night. The accident occurred about three miles east of the convergence of I-80 and I-355 in the Chicago suburb of Mokena, IL. The Chicago area car crash claimed the life of a 57 year-old University Park man. According to reports, a man driving a 2004 Chrysler vehicle was westbound on 1-80 when he lost control of his vehicle and flipped over the median wall. His vehicle landed on top of an eastbound 2000 Chevy Impala. The man driving the Impala was killed as a result of the car crash. The Illinois State Police have not released the name of the man that was killed in the accident..

The accident also involved a 2003 Honda Civic driven by a 23 year old Downers Grove man and a 1996 Chevy Tahoe operated by a 50 year old Tinley Park man. The driver of the Civic was taken to Silver Cross Hospital and the driver of the Tahoe drove himself to Palos Community Hospital. The fatal Chicago car accident is still under investigation.

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An off-duty Lockport, IL, police officer was involved in a three vehicle accident that left one dead on Chicago’s Stevenson Expressway last night. The crash occurred around 9:35 p.m. near the Cicero Avenue exit. According to reports, all three vehicles were travelling north on the busy Chicago expressway when the vehicle in the far left lane, which was being operated by the off duty officer, lost control and spun to face the middle lane. Man Wong, a 29 year old resident of the 2000 block of S. Wentworth in Chicago was operating his vehicle in the middle lane when he hit the officer head on. Wong was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 10:16 p.m. last night according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The City of Lockport has confirmed on its website that one of their officers was involved in the car crash. At least one source has identified the officer as Edward Stapinski. It is unclear whether or not alcohol played a role in the fatal Chicago car accident. The Illinois State Police are investigating the accident along with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. The crash held up traffic for six hours on the busy Chicago expressway. No traffic citations have been issued to this point.

Expressway car accidents often occur at very high speeds. As such, these Chicago car crashes are some of the most deadly. If you have been involved in an expressway car accident or would otherwise like to speak with an attorney call us today.

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Debris from an unexpected explosion at a Belvidere, IL, factory killed a truck driver yesterday at a roadside oasis nearly a quarter mile away from the facility. Ronald Greenfield, a 63 year old driver from Chesterton, IN, was fatally wounded when an explosion at a crystal manufacturing facility sent exterior panels flying through the air. The explosion occurred at the NDK America plant which manufactures crystals used in liquid crystal displays. The facility was constructed with special exterior panels designed to break away during an explosion. The panels did exactly that as one flew nearly a quarter mile before striking the accident victim.

Belvidere Fire Chief David Worrell reports that the blast occurred around 2:30 p.m. in a highly pressurized chamber where crystals are made. The breakaway design of the factory sent one piece of exterior panel spanning several feet through the air before it struck Mr. Greenfield. Witnesses of the explosion claim that the blast felt similar to an earthquake. One factory worker that was inside the building escaped the workplace accident unharmed. The explosion is still under investigation by the Belvidere Police Department, the Boone County Sheriff, and the State Fire Marshall.

The family of the explosion victim may have a claim against the crystal manufacturing outfit for the loss that they have suffered. If you have any questions about fatal workplace accidents or would otherwise like to speak to an attorney, contact Klest Injury Law Firm.

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A Southwest side man has been charged with DUI following a Thanksgiving day car crash that left one pedestrian dead. Anthony Morales, a 31 year-old resident of the 5500 block of South Homan Avenue in Chicago has been charged with felony driving under the influence after he was involved in a car accident that claimed the life of 21 year-old Elias Nunez. Prosecutors report that Morales’s blood alcohol content was .33 at the time of the crash, nearly four times the legal limit. Morales has also been ticketed with failure to avoid an accident, following too closely and leaving the scene of an accident arising out of the first car crash.

According to Chicago police, Morales was driving north on Cicero avenue early Thanksgiving morning when he swerved into the southbound lanes. Morales collided with a southbound car as a result of his erratic driving and then attempted to flee the scene of the accident. Morales subsequently struck and killed Nunez who was standing outside of his vehicle about three blocks north of the site of the original accident. Nunez was reportedly dragged under the vehicle for about three blocks after he was hit. He suffered from massive internal bleeding and severe brain injuries as a result of the Chicago car accident.

DUI car accidents often have devastating consequences for both intoxicated drivers and victims. The family of the car accident victim may have a claim against the DUI driver.

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A Park Forest, IL, woman died last Sunday when she was hit by a vehicle near the corner of 209th St. and Western Avenue in Chicago Heights, IL. The accident claimed the life of Ruby Matthews of the 128 Ash St. in Park Forest, IL. According to an Olympia Fields Police Department spokesperson, Matthews was involved in a minor car accident with a Chevrolet Cavalier while she was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer in the southbound lanes of Western Avenue. Matthews and the unidentified teenage driver of the other vehicle were examining the damage to the two cars in the northbound lanes of Western Ave. when they were hit by another car. The teenage driver suffered a broken leg as a result of the collision.

Matthews was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL, where she was pronounced dead around 10 p.m. The South Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team is still investigating the fatal accident. Charges have not yet been filed in the matter.

The family of the deceased car accident victim may have a wrongful death claim against the driver that caused her death.

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A truck driver was killed early this morning while attempting to place warning triangles around his broken down semi. The fatal accident occurred on Chicago’s Tri-State expressway (I-294) near the Cermak road exit. The truck accident claimed the life of 41 year-old Kenneth A. Brown of Crest Hill, IL. According to Illinois State Police Tollway District Master Sgt. John Creedon, the tragedy occurred when the semi-truck trailer became separated from the cab around 1:07 a.m. on Thursday morning. The trailer and the cab were separated by about ten feet when the breaks on the truck locked. The truck was stopped in a lane of traffic when the accident occurred.

According to reports, the Kenneth Brown exited his vehicle and attempted to place triangular markers along the Chicago expressway to warn other drivers of his predicament. While he was placing the markers, Brown was reportedly hit and killed by a southbound Chevrolet van. The van clipped the rear of the immobile truck before it hit the trucker. The injured trucker was taken to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital around 1:30 a.m. The DuPage County Coroner’s office confirmed the death but refused to release any further details. The driver of the van reportedly suffered no injuries. The accident is being investigated by accident reconstruction specialists.

The family of the deceased trucker may have both personal injury and workers’ compensation claims following the tragedy.

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A Chicago man was killed yesterday after he fell through an elevator shaft in Downtown Chicago’s Cabrini Green apartment complex. Clarence Walker, a 61 year-old resident of the Cabrini building at the 360 block of West Oak St, fell through the shaft around 9:30 p.m. The cause of the fall remains unclear according to Chicago Police News Affair Officer Ron Gaines. The Chicago Fire Department reports that no one was transferred to the hospital from the accident site following the fatal fall. The investigation is being handled by the Chicago Police Department.

An unidentified resident reported that a male fell from the seventh floor of the elevator shaft. Another resident, 54 year-old Dorothy Jackson, said that police were not allowing residents to enter or leave the building as of 11:10 p.m. on the day of the tragic accident. The area around the accident site was categorized as a crime scene. An autopsy of the body has been scheduled for Tuesday July 28th. Belmont area detectives are investigating the fatal Chicago accident.

The family of the victim may have a wrongful death claim pending an investigation of the tragic fall.