We told you about a head-on collision that took place on Thanksgiving morning in the Ogle County town of Oregon. An eastbound car crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a westbound car, and both female drivers were killed. This week, there was an eerily similar fatal auto accident in Sangamon County.
On Wednesday afternoon around 3:45pm, a minivan driven by a 71-year old Petersburg woman was traveling east on Illinois 97 (also known as West Jefferson Street) just northwest of Springfield when it crossed over the center line prior to Hazlett Road. The minivan slammed head-on into a sport utility vehicle driven by a 63-year old woman from New Berlin. Both women were pronounced dead at the scene.
Illinois State Police are still investigating the Illinois auto accident; but even though they don’t know precisely what caused the minivan to drive into oncoming traffic, it appears that the Petersburg woman will be held fully responsible for the collision and the subsequent death of the 63-year old woman.
If this turns out to be the case, the surviving family members of the New Berlin woman could choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the estate of the 71-year old driver. Although it may seem insensitive to sue a woman who lost her life, the fact remains that the family of the Petersburg woman wouldn’t be suffering mental anguish (as well as possible financial woes) if the crash had never occurred.
A wrongful death lawsuit could allow the plaintiffs to receive reimbursement for burial expenses, compensation for the estimated wages that the victim would have earned in her lifetime, and possible monetary damages for loss of care and companionship as well as pain and suffering.
Perhaps the most unusual aspect about these two head-on collisions is that they both took place during daylight hours. More often than not, fatal motor vehicle collisions occur in darkness in Illinois.