A 37-year-old female is currently being held at county jail in connection with her involvement in an auto accident that resulted in the death of a senior exercise science major at Illinois State University. She has been charged with a drunk-driving felony.
The young man suffered fatal injuries in the two-car crash in Bloomington. According to the McLean County Coroner, he was pronounced dead at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.
The woman causing the accident reportedly ran a red light and collided with the decedent and three female companions who were riding in the car. Initial reports show the young man, who had been wearing his seat belt, died from severe head injuries. He was a graduate of Normal West High School and had attended community college before playing and coaching at Heartland University and U-High, respectively.
The family of the victim has arranged for organ and tissue donation with the Gift of Hope organization following an autopsy. The Division of Student Affairs at the university is in charge of final arrangements with details posted on the student website. Donations have been encouraged to help the family with medical expenses.
A memorial marks the intersection of Empire and Main to commemorate the life of the young man.
The tragic incident was marked by an announcement of sympathy from the university president. He expressed his condolences to the campus via a global email. He confirmed that students and faculty can avail themselves of counseling services provided by the university.
The student has been remembered by his classmates and professors. One instructor called him a great student who was always cheerful and brightened the lives of those around him.
If you have been involved in a collision on an Illinois road, it is in your best interest to contact a team of experts who can advise you of your rights and legal protections under state law. An automobile accident involving injuries or death encompasses a wide range of factors and any party involved in a transportation incident deserves the highest quality of professionalism and care in negotiating settlements or compensation.
Source: Pantagraph, "Accident victim dies of head injuries, ISU offers condolences" No author given, Apr. 03, 2014