Rosamond, IL (July 28, 2020) – There were multiple injuries reported following a fatal car accident in the Rosamond area. The collision took place in Christian County on Friday, July 24. Local law enforcement officials were notified of the accident at around 6:15 p.m. The site of the accident was reportedly located at the intersection of North 2000 East Road and East 350 North Road (Highway 12).
The accident reportedly involved two vehicles, a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck and a 2017 Dodge ram pickup truck towing a trailer. The Chevrolet, driven by 20-year-old Chase Gaton of Stonington, Illinois, was traveling southbound on North 2000 East Road at the time of the crash. Authorities reported that he failed to yield the right of way while crossing the intersection and collided with the Dodge pickup. The driver of the pickup was identified as 21-year-old Tyler Buerster of Noble, Illinois.
A 17-month-year-old child in a child seat in Gaton’s vehicle was killed in the crash. The baby was pronounced dead the next day at around 1:02 a.m. at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Another passenger in Gaton’s vehicle, 24-year-old Jacob Bright of Taylorville, Illinois, was ejected in the crash. Bright was air flighted to St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, Illinois in critical condition. Chase Gaton was transported to Pana Community Hospital for treatment.
No other injuries were reported. Multiple law enforcement agencies are currently investigating the cause of the crash.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Car Accidents in Christian County
Driving is extremely dangerous, and nearly every time you hit the road, you are vulnerable to suffering severe injuries in the event of a collision. Car accidents are the leading cause of death and serious injury across the country. Tens of thousands are killed in vehicle collisions across the United States each year. In 2011, there were 835 fatal crashes reported in Illinois resulting in the deaths of 918 people. That is an average of two people being killed daily in vehicle collisions across the state.
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 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) 425-0401 to see what our Illinois wrongful death lawyers can do for you.
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