When a child is killed in a car accident -- regardless of whether the child was underage or an adult -- it can be almost too much for a parent to comprehend. Especially in cases where the negligence of another driver caused the fatal crash, it is perfectly normal for the parents of the deceased to be angry and sad and want revenge on the person responsible.
One can imagine this is how the parents and family of a 19-year-old and 20-year-old feel after both were killed in a car accident caused by an alleged drunk driver who did not even have an Illinois driver's license.
The accident happened earlier this month. Three women -- all of whom had been friends for years -- were in a car traveling on the Eisenhower Expressway when a minivan traveling the wrong way slammed into the blue Ford the three women were riding in.
The driver and one of the passengers were killed. A 20-year-old was the sole survivor.
According to police, at the time of the crash the man was wanted on a warrant for an alleged probation violation. His probation is related to a 2011 drug possession case.
The Illinois Secretary of State's office also said the 20-year-old has never had a driver's license in the state.
This recent accident also does not appear to be his first run in with the law related to driving without a license. In fact, he was convicted in 2010 for driving without a license and speeding.
Since the accident, friends and family of those killed have shared bits and pieces of information about the women's lives, including the fact that one was in college and the other had just gotten a promotion at their job. Both still had their whole lives ahead of them.
In cases such as this one, it is understandable for family to want to see someone held accountable. And while criminal charges are rather typical, it should be noted there may also be civil consequences available. This is where an attorney with experience handling wrongful death cases can step in to provide legal information and options.
Source: CBS Chicago, "Drunken Wrong-Way Driver In Deadly Ike Crash Had No License," Sept. 9, 2013