Here’s an Illinois geography question: how many municipalities in the state share the same name as another U.S.state?
Give up? The answer is seven.
You probably guessed Washington (in Tazewell County), which is the biggest of the group with around 15,000 residents. But there is also Kansas (in Edgar County), Ohio (in Bureau County), Vermont (in Fulton County), and Wyoming (in Stark County). The other two happen to be county seats: Virginia (in Cass County) and Oregon (in Ogle County).
It was in Oregon about a mile west of the Rock River where a double-fatal auto accident took place on Thanksgiving Day. About 9:45am, a car was traveling eastbound on West Pines Road just on the southwest edge of Oregon just east of Illinois Route 2 when it crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a westbound car. Both of the drivers – a 28-year old Oregon woman and a 31-year old woman from Mount Morris – were pronounced dead at the scene.
The news article doesn’t specify precisely what led to the car crossing into oncoming traffic, nor does it identify which of the women was in the eastbound car. But it appears that whichever woman was in the car that crossed over the center line will be held fully responsible for the auto accident. That means that the surviving family members of the woman in the westbound car could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the woman in the eastbound car.
This type of lawsuit could allow the plaintiffs to collect reimbursement for burial costs, compensation for wages that the victim would have earned in her lifetime had the crash not occurred, and possibly even monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of care or companionship. These funds would be taken from the estate of the defendant, which may include life insurance payouts, investments and bank accounts, and assets like homes or other vehicles.