Wilmington, IL (November 26, 2020) – A Blackstone man was killed in a wrong-way collision near Wilmington on Sunday, November 22.
The crash reportedly occurred on the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 near milepost 238. According to initial reports, 33-year-old Nicholas Ercolini of Blackstone was traveling north on the highway when he was struck by a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Emergency responders were called to the scene to render aid to the injured parties.
Ercolini was transported to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois for the treatment of critical injuries. He was pronounced dead at 12:38 a.m. on Monday, November 23. The cause of the deadly accident is still unknown.
An ongoing investigation into the crash is being managed by the Illinois State Police.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Nicholas Ercolini at this time.
Deadly Wrong-Way Crashes in Illinois
Head-on collisions are some of the most lethal types of accidents possible. Statistics show that head-on crashes have a nearly 58% fatality rates, considerably higher than other types of car accidents. Head-on crashes are involved in an estimated 2% of car crashes reported each year. However, they also account for nearly 10% of reported fatal accidents. An estimated 300 to 400 people are killed annually by wrong-way drivers in the United States.
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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