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Macon Co, IL – Virginia Ripple Injured in Deadly DUI Crash on IL-121

Macon Co, IL (November 27, 2020) – A fatal collision was reported in Macon County on Thanksgiving evening, November 26. 

The deadly crash reportedly occurred on IL-121 just south of McDonald Road. According to local sources, 50-year-old Richard Brown of Clinton, Illinois was driving a silver 2012 GMC northbound on the highway when the vehicle crossed over the centerline for unknown reasons. The vehicle collided head-on with a white 2011 Toyota. 

Both vehicles crashed into a nearby ditch. The driver of the Toyota, a 48-year-old Bethany man, suffered fatal injuries at the scene. The passenger in the Toyota, 33-year-old Virginia Ripple, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Brown was cited for improper lane usage and driving under the influence of alcohol. 

An ongoing investigation into the deadly crash is currently underway. 

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 her family in hopes of a full recovery. 

Deadly Drunk Driving Crashes in Illinois 

Macon Co, IL - Virginia Ripple Injured in Deadly DUI Crash on IL-121

When drivers drink before getting behind the wheel, they are less capable of making sound decisions on the road. Drunk driving is a serious concern across the United States, including right here on Illinois roadways. An estimated 30 people are killed daily by drunk drivers nationwide, an average of one death every 50 minutes. More than 10,000 people are killed annually in DUI collisions. In 2016, DUI crashes were involved in nearly 29% of reported traffic fatalities that year. 

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 /, 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. 

Note: As a result of the secondary sources that were used to complete this post, the information included within has not been independently verified by our own staff and may include misinformation. If you read something that, to your knowledge, is incorrect, please contact us as soon as possible and we will correct the inaccuracy.

Disclaimer: As members of the local Chicago and broader Illinois community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. You should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation. The photographs depicted in these posts are not representative of the actual accident scene.

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