Loves Park is a city that is situated on the Rock River and sits in parts of both Winnebago and Boone Counties. It has about 23,000 people and covers almost 16 1/2 square miles of acreage. Since it is considered a suburb of Rockford, the minor league baseball Rockford Riverhawks play in Loves Park, and the Rockford Speedway is also located within the city limits.
Unfortunately, police in Loves Park would have “Loves” it if a man had just decided to “Park” his car this weekend instead of driving drunk. If that had taken place, a Rockford man would probably still be alive today.
That’s why a 25-year old man has been charged with driving under the influence this week in connection with a fatal Loves Park car accident. On Sunday evening, an accident took place at the intersection of River Lane and Forest Hills Road about a mile north of Forest Hills Country Club. The driver of the other vehicle, a 71-year old Rockford man, was rushed to a hospital but died later that evening. The younger man has been charged with several counts of aggravated DUI, as well as disobeying a traffic control device, leaving the scene of an accident, and operating an uninsured vehicle.
Though it’s unclear exactly what caused the Loves Park auto accident, it appears that the 25-year old man will be held primarily or fully responsible for the collision and the death of the elderly man. Should they choose to do so, surviving family members of the 71-year old victim could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the DUI suspect. This suit could allow the plaintiffs to get reimbursed for costs incurred due to hospital and burial expenses. A jury could also award monetary damages for pain and suffering as well as loss of care or companionship.