Champaign, IL (August 28, 2020) – A University of Illinois student sustained injuries after being hit by a vehicle in the Champaign area on Wednesday, August 26. The site of the accident was reportedly located on Curtis Road between Race and First Streets.
At around 8:15 p.m. that evening, 20-year-old Jeffery Hesselbein was crossing Curtis Road when he was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by 55-year-old Qiong Wang. Hesselbein was transported to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana Township, Illinois for treatment.
At this time, the cause of the accident is still unknown. No charges have been filed at this time. No further updates on the condition of the injured victim have been provided at this time.
An ongoing investigation into the crash is being managed by local law enforcement officials.
Our thoughts are with Jeffery Hesselbein and his family at this time. We hope for a full recovery.
Pedestrian Accidents in Illinois
All drivers have a duty to share the roads with others, including pedestrians. However, many drivers fail to live up to this responsibility and cause catastrophic Illinois pedestrian crashes. In 2017, a total of 5,977 pedestrians lost their lives in vehicle collisions across the country, an average of one death every 88 minutes. Another 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for crash injuries that year. In Illinois, a total of 139 pedestrian fatalities were reported in nearly 4,930 accidents across the state.
Pedestrians and cyclists have to share the roadways with other motor vehicles. It is the duty of all drivers to safely share the roads with pedestrians and yield the right of way when necessary. Sadly, too many drivers fail to pay attention to areas like crosswalks, and far too often, serious Illinois pedestrian accidents are the result. In many cases, drivers ignore or refuse to respect when pedestrians have the right of way, and the resulting injuries in the event of an accident can be catastrophic.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, our Illinois pedestrian accident attorneys have more than a century of combined experience fighting for the rights of crash victims in Illinois, and that means we know how to recover the compensation our clients deserve. We have successfully represented clients seriously injured as a result of negligent or reckless motorists, and we will fight diligently to make sure that the driver responsible is held liable for your damages. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 to see what we can do for your case by consulting with a qualified Illinois personal injury lawyer.
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