On Nov. 20, a 27-year-old Springfield woman was indicted on charges arising from a fatal crash in October that took the life of a man and a teenage girl. The woman is accused of having alcohol and marijuana in her system at the time of the collision, with a blood alcohol content more than triple the legal limit. She was taken into custody, and bail is set at $1 million. If convicted, she faces up to 28 years in prison.
The incident giving rise to the charges happened in the late evening of Oct. 26 in Pleasant Plains. According to the coroner, the woman’s eastbound vehicle collided with a car headed west on Route 125. The woman’s passenger, a 35-year-old man from Jacksonville, died in the crash. The second fatality was a teenage girl from Pleasant Plains who was driving the westbound car.
After the initial emotional shock at the loss of a loved one, among the most immediate concerns may be issues of how to maintain financial stability and pay for the costs and expenses associated with the incident. These concerns are particularly relevant when the person lost bore primary responsibility for financial support of those left to mourn their loss.
Dependents or the spouse of a car accident victim may be able to assuage their financial worries through pursuit of a wrongful death claim as provided under Illinois civil procedure. Survivors and heirs who may be able to pursue such an action could include a surviving spouse or domestic partner, minor children and dependent adults, including parents who may have relied upon the decedent for support.
Source: myjournalcourier.com, “Crash that killed Jacksonville man brings indictment“, November 22, 2014