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High speed, alcohol suspected in Illinois mother's death

A Carol Stream woman died from injuries she received as she sat in her car along the side of Chicago's Eisenhower Expressway. Three others sustained serious injuries in the fatal crash near Kostner Avenue, including a driver police speculated was intoxicated and speeding.

Authorities said a negligent driver was responsible for the accident in the hour before sunrise, around 5:45 a.m. The 29-year-old woman who died was in the driver's seat of a Nissan Altima parked on the shoulder of Interstate 290.

The driver, her boyfriend and a second passenger were inside the vehicle when a Mazda 6 slammed into the back of the car. The occupants of both vehicles were rushed to Chicago hospitals, where the Altima driver was pronounced dead. The Nissan passengers and the driver of the Mazda were listed in serious condition.

Charges against the Mazda driver are pending as investigators gather evidence of possible wrongdoing. Authorities suspect drunk driving and speeding.

Relatives said the Carol Stream mother of three children, ages 1 to 9, was on the brink of college graduation. The victim visited her sister's home less than an hour before the accident, on the way home from a sibling's birthday celebration.

The mother's plans to improve her employment potential and support her young children were erased in a moment. The children must adjust to the immediate, irreversible loss of their mother's companionship. The comfort and care for the children into adulthood may rest with family members, already grieving over a sibling or adult child's sudden death.

The injury or death of a loved one in an auto accident causes financial and emotional agony for the people closest to the victim. Survivor suffering is compounded by the knowledge that a fatal car accident could have been prevented with the absence of negligence.

Personal injury attorneys help families shattered by wrongful deaths receive economic relief through settlements or jury awards for senseless suffering.

Source: articles.chicagotribune.com, "Sister: Eisenhower crash victim "always put others before herself", Naomi Nix, Feb. 24, 2013

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