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Fatal Illinois car accident claims life of retiree

A well-known former swim coach at Harlem High School was killed in a fatal crash on an Illinois highway. The man causing the crash was reportedly under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

The accident occurred in the early hours of the morning and claimed the life of the local father and husband. The man causing the crash remains in custody.

The deceased is a local man, a 57-year-old retiree of Harlem High School. He also worked as an MRI technologist at Swedish-American Health System. He loved to travel and was an avid golfer.

The man causing the accident allegedly was drinking and driving. Investigators claim the deceased man was struck in his red pick up truck and the other man causing the accident attempted to flee the scene.

The accident occurred on North Second Street and Y Blvd. in the southbound lanes of 251 near the ramp to the Whitman Street Bridge. The incident caused the closure of all lanes on the public highway for several hours.

Investigators claim the retiree was heading south as the allegedly inebriated 46-year-old driver was going north on Longwood. As he attempted to merge onto North Second Street, the driver causing the crash, lost control of his Chevy Impala and smashed into the red pickup truck belonging to the former swim coach.

Reports indicate after losing control of his vehicle, the man causing the accident drove over two medians. His car leapt into the air, came down, and smacked into a guardrail, landing on the 57-year-old retiree's red pick up truck heading south on 251.

Although he attempted to flee the scene, he was later captured. Charges filed included an aggravated DUI, leaving the scene of an accident involving a death and operating a vehicle without a license.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a tragic or fatal car accident, you have the right to investigate the full extent of the law involving compensation and consequences facing you. In the state of Illinois, there are informed sources of assistance that can help guide you through the tragedy of loss caused by a negligent driver.

Source: WIFR.COM, "Charges Filed in Fatal Car Crash Near Y Blvd. and N. 2nd St" No author given, May. 20, 2014

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