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Chicago teen dies in wreck sparked by pepper spray

A young Chicago woman was killed in a car accident recently after a group of people attacked the vehicle. The incident is under investigation and no suspects have been named or caught -- but community activists are trying to find the culprits.

The car accident occurred in the early morning last Sunday, when a 17-year-old girl was in a vehicle. Her 18-year-old friend was sitting in the front passenger seat. A group of four people approached the vehicle and an argument erupted. One of the four approaching people took out a pepper spray can and sprayed the inside of the vehicle.

The 17-year-old sped off in an attempt to escape the attack. But she smashed into a number of vehicles, ultimately colliding into the back of a truck. The collision was violent and, unfortunately, the 18-year-old passenger was killed in the wreck.

The 17-year-old driver was hospitalized, though thankfully she was listed in good condition.

This incident is a bit different from most other car accidents. An actual attack sparked the collision; and while road rage incidents can spark a crash, it is not often that a fatal wreck occurs after a physical attack by pedestrians.

Obviously the investigation will have to run its course before the victims of the accident, and their loved ones, can consider their next move. However, given the irresponsible and dangerous actions of the individual who used pepper spray, there could be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit here. The assailant acted in a negligent manner, which could make him or her liable for the incident.

Source: CBS Chicago, "Woman Dies After Argument Leads To Car Crash," July 22, 2013

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