Irony is a strange thing, especially when it comes to driving in Illinois. Like leaving a few minutes early for work, but getting caught in a traffic jam which makes you later than normal. Or washing and waxing your car only to have an unexpected rain or snow storm arrive and mess up the beautiful finish.
But perhaps the cruelest of ironies would be to die in an auto accident… while driving in a funeral procession.
That’s precisely what happened to a Milwaukee man who was in Chicago for a relative’s funeral. On the afternoon of Tuesday, August 6 shortly after 12:30pm, the procession was traveling along Vincennes Avenue (just west of Interstate 57) in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the city’s Far South Side. At the intersection of 109th Street, the Buick LeSabre which the 36-year old man was driving reportedly tried to go around a beverage delivery truck by crossing into oncoming traffic. But the sedan was struck by a Lincoln Continental, and the Milwaukee man was trapped inside his vehicle along with three other people. They were eventually extricated and rushed to a nearby hospital, as were three other people who were hurt in the auto accident. But the LeSabre driver succumbed to his injuries less than 90 minutes after the collision.
It appears that the deceased man will be held primarily or solely responsible for the crash and the resulting injuries, since he was the one who was driving in the wrong lane when the collision occurred. A total of six passengers were in his vehicle at the time of the incident, and most or all are believed members of the man’s immediate family. But the driver of the Continental, an elderly woman, was also injured enough to require transport to a hospital. If she chooses to do so, she has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the estate of the deceased man.