Peoria, IL (September 29, 2020) – Four women were killed following a fatal car accident in Peoria on Sunday, September 27.
The collision reportedly occurred near the intersection of Washington Street and S. Darst Street at around 3:45 a.m. According to reports from the Peoria Police Department, all four women were traveling southbound on Washington Street at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and struck a tree.
Three of the injured parties were trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated by emergency responders. Another was ejected from the vehicle. All four were pronounced dead a the site of the crash by responding paramedics.
The deceased victims were later identified as 22-year-old Jazzman Burns, 19-year-old Quanylan Thomas, 18-year-old Tyesha Thomas, and 18-year-old Diamond Williams. An ongoing investigation into the accident is being managed by local law enforcement officials.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families of Jazzman Burns, Quanylan Thomas, Tyesha Thomas, and Diamond Williams at this time.
Deadly High-Speed Crashes in Illinois
Speeding is a factor in a significant portion of deadly car accidents in the United States. Over the past two decades, speeding has been involved in nearly one-third of the nation’s traffic fatalities, and thousands are killed by speeding drivers each year. In 2018 alone, a reported 9,378 people were killed in high-speed collisions, an average of 25 deaths per day. An estimated 26% of traffic fatalities that year were attributable to speeding.
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 Kmlltdlaw.com, 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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