Homewood, IL (July 25, 2020) – A teenager from Merriville, Illinois was killed following a vehicle collision. The accident reportedly occurred in Homewood late on Wednesday evening, July 22. Authorities reported that the accident took place at around 5:22 p.m. and occurred near the intersection of 183rd Street and Center Avenue.
The deceased victim was later identified as 19-year-old Dominique Wood. According to reports from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Wood was pronounced at around 9:22 p.m. that night. Two vehicles were reportedly involved in the accident, and the cause of the accident is still unknown.
Initial reports revealed that Wood was driving a red Buick southbound on Central Avenue at the time of the crash. Wood was reportedly waiting at a stop sign at the intersection. When Wood began to cross the intersection, he was struck by a white Porsche traveling west on 183rd Street. The driver of the Porsche was transported to a nearby hospital where they were treated and then released. Wood was hospitalized in critical condition and was later pronounced dead.
An ongoing investigation into the crash is being managed by the Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team. No further details are currently available.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Dominique Wood at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family in hopes of a full recovery.
Fatal T-Bone Accidents in Illinois
T-bone collisions are some of the most catastrophic types of accidents possible. They are often caused by drivers who run a red light or stop sign while traveling at a high rate of speed. According to crash statistics and data, t-bone accidents account for around 13% of reported car accidents each year, and nearly 18% of fatal crashes involve side impacts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an estimated 8,000 people lose their lives in t-bone collisions each year, and fatal t-bone crashes have increased by nearly 20% in the past twenty years.
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 car crash attorney. In an Illinois 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 312-386-7683 to see what our Illinois wrongful death lawyers can do for you.
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