Four-way stop intersections are a common way to regulate traffic in low-congestion areas. These intersections are designed to slow down traffic at a particular spot without forcing vehicles to wait through a traffic light when no other vehicles are present. That’s why four-way stops are frequently positioned at rural intersections.
Unfortunately, these intersections only work if vehicles stop at the stop signs. Because one driver failed to do that in Will County, another driver is dead.
On Wednesday night around 10:15pm, a 26-year old Joliet man was driving northbound on Cedar Road just south of New Lenox when he approached the intersection with Delaney Road. Because the intersection is regulated by a four-way stop, the man stopped his 1978 Chevrolet Camaro in accordance with the law. However, a 2012 Chevy Malibu driven by a 31-year old Manhattan man was following the Camaro and did not stop. The Malibu rear-ended the Camaro, sending the sports car spinning into the intersection, where it was struck by a 2013 Malibu driving east on Delaney Road.
The Joliet man was rushed to a Downers Grove hospital, but died less than 90 minutes later. A passenger in the Camaro also had to be hospitalized with injuries.
The Manhattan man was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision. That means that he will probably be held primarily or completely responsible for the rear-end auto accident; and by extension, the death of the Joliet man and the injuries to his passenger. If the 2013 Malibu on Delaney Road that struck the Camaro entered the intersection legally, then that car’s driver won’t be held accountable for the car accident. As a result, the Manhattan man could be named as a defendant both in a personal injury lawsuit filed by the Camaro passenger, and a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the surviving family members of the Joliet man.