St Clair Co, IL (November 21, 2020) – A pedestrian was fatally struck in St. Clair County on Wednesday evening, November 18, according to reports from the Illinois State Police.
Initial reports revealed that a silver 2008 Saturn Outlook was traveling eastbound on IL-159 near Hollywood Heights Road when the vehicle struck a man crossing the roadway. The man was reportedly in the middle-left lane when he was hit. The injured pedestrian was transported to a local medical facility where he was later pronounced dead.
The deceased victim was later identified as 73-year-old Joseph J. Maly. The Saturn was driven by 37-year-old Kerry Douglass, and her vehicle had three passengers at the time of the deadly accident. No further updates on the fatal crash are currently available.
An ongoing investigation into the accident is being managed by local law enforcement officials.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Joseph J. Maly at this time.
Illinois Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians are much more likely to be killed in the event of a crash. In 2017, a pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes on average, contributing to a reported 5,977 pedestrian fatalities nationwide that year. There were 4,940 pedestrian accidents reported in Illinois that year. A total of 148 pedestrians were killed statewide in 2017, and cook county led the state that year in pedestrian fatalities.
A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought by a family member when a loved one has died due to the negligent behavior of another person. There are many potential situations that may warrant a wrongful death suit in Illinois, including a car accident, medical malpractice, or even nursing home negligence. Illinois state law allows a victim’s family or estate to recover compensation in the event of a wrongful death in order to recover from damages resulting from the loss of a loved one.
If you believe that your loved one’s death may have been caused by another person’s negligence, you need to consult with an experienced Illinois wrongful death attorney. Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd. will make sure that your interests and legal rights are protected through every step of the legal process, and our years of experience means we can help you construct a strong case. Contact our offices today at 877-930-2551 if you’ve lost a loved one in a deadly Illinois pedestrian accident.
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