When police are called to the scene of an Illinois auto accident, their first priority is to assist any victims who are injured and/or route traffic around the accident site.
After those objectives have been met, police are tasked with trying to figure out what happened and who was at fault in the accident. Often, the victims themselves can provide that information. Other times, witnesses or traffic cameras can assist in those efforts. But sometimes, police are left with few (or no) clues as to how a motor vehicle collision occurred.
This appears to be the case in a two-vehicle crash which happened over the weekend in a Chicago suburb. Sometime around 2am Sunday morning, police in the Cook County village of Tinley Park arrived on the scene of a collision at the intersection of 183rd Street and South 80th Avenue, less than a half mile north of Interstate 80. They found a 50-year old Tinley Park woman in one vehicle who had to be rushed to an Oak Lawn hospital; she died about six hours later. A 33-year old Orland Park man who was driving the other car was injured as well, but police took him into custody shortly after his release from the hospital. He is reportedly being questioned, and charges are reportedly “pending.”
Since there do not appear to be any witnesses to the auto accident, police may only have the account of the Orland Park man from which to make their determination as to how the crash occurred and/or how the woman was hurt. If the man does admit to causing the accident which eventually killed the Tinley Park woman, then her surviving family members could file a wrongful death lawsuit against him. This suit could allow her family to collect compensation for any future wages she may have earned in her lifetime, reimbursement for hospital costs and burial expenses, and perhaps monetary damages for pain and suffering or loss of care and companionship.