Chicago, IL (July 31, 2020) – A man was killed and a 12-year-old girl injured after a collision in the Lawndale area of Chicago. The crash reportedly occurred on Tuesday morning, July 38, and involved multiple vehicles. The site of the crash was located at the intersection of S. Homan Avenue and Ogden Avenue.
According to local reports, a 77-year-old man ran a red light at the intersection at around 8 a.m. The man reportedly crashed into three other vehicles. A 57-year-old man was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The deceased victim was later identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as 57-year-old William R. Schaafsma of Lockport, Illinois. A woman and a young girl from another vehicle were transported to a medical facility for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. A party in a third vehicle refused medical treatment at the scene.
The 77-year-old driver who caused the crash was also hospitalized. The cause of the accident is still unknown.
An ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of William R. Schaafsma at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Red-Light Collisions in Cook County
Red-light running is extremely common and responsible for a significant portion of injuries and roadway fatalities each year. There 846 people reportedly killed in red-light collisions in 2018. Nearly half of those killed were pedestrians, cyclists, or those traveling in other vehicles. That same year, an estimated 139,000 people were injured in by red-light runners across the country. Drivers who fail to follow the rules of the road and obey traffic signals are a serious threat to roadway safety throughout Illinois and greater Chicago.
The grief and devastation of losing a loved one due to another’s negligence are nearly unbearable. Surviving family members often take on damages resulting from the accident, and they may be able to recover lost compensation by pursuing a wrongful death claim with the help of an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney. In a Chicago wrongful death claim, a representative of the decedent’s estate — usually a close family member — seeks damages from those at fault for the person’s death to obtain compensation for damages.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we understand the grief and pain that families experience when a family member is killed. While no amount of money can bring back a lost family member, an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can help families address the financial difficulties associated with the accident. Our legal team is dedicated to making sure that each of our clients recovers the compensation they deserve after losing a loved one. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 to see what our Chicago wrongful death lawyers can do for you.
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