Every man loves engaging in father-son activities. Whether it’s playing with toys with an infant, reading to a toddler, throwing a ball with young boy, or fishing with a teenager, some of the most memorable moments of a dad’s life are spent with his son. That makes this next story in Henry County all the more tragic.
Around 2pm on Friday, June 14, a 39-year old man and his 10-year old son were riding a motorcycle on 9th Avenue (which turns into U.S. Highway 6) in the community of Green Rock, which is about three miles southeast of East Moline and two miles northwest of the I-80/I-280 interchange. As the bike proceeded west on 9th into the intersection with Illinois State Route 84, a 2004 Buick Sedan was traveling east on U.S. 6 and tried to turn left onto Illinois 84 in front of the motorcycle. The bike struck the car, and the man and his son were both ejected.
The father was pronounced dead at the scene, and the boy succumbed to his injuries at a Peoria hospital the following day. The 81-year old man driving the car was charged with making an improper turn.
Based on the available information, it appears that the elderly man will be held primarily or solely responsible for the motorcycle accident and the deaths of the boy and his father. Should they choose to do so, the woman who is the wife of the man and the mother of the boy could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Buick driver. A jury could award her reimbursement for hospital costs incurred by her son and burial expenses for both of the victims; compensation for estimate future wages that the man would have earned in his lifetime, and monetary damages for pain and suffering, loss of care and companionship, and loss of consortium.