Families like to take advantage of three-day weekends by going on a trip out of town, hosting a barbecue, or engaging in some other family activity. But teenagers also like to have fun on holiday weekends; and in Illinois, this often involves driving. Sadly, one family is mourning the loss of their teen son because of a tragic Illinois auto accident over the Labor Day weekend.
Early Sunday morning just after 12:45am, a 2007 Lincoln MKZ was traveling west on Plank Road (also known as County Highway 38) in Kane County. When the speeding car was past Engel Road about a mile west of the village of Burlington, the car crossed over the center stripe and ran off the south side of the roadway. The Lincoln then reportedly flipped several times before striking a tree. The two back seat passengers had to be extricated from the car by first responders. One of the passengers had to be airlifted to a hospital in Libertyville; but the other, a 17-year old Elgin boy, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver and front seat passenger fled the scene on foot, but were discovered almost ten hours later at an Elgin hospital. Though the driver may be cited for leaving the scene of an auto accident, no criminal charges have been filed as of yet. However, it appears likely that the driver of the Lincoln will be held liable for the crash and the death of the 17-year old boy. As a result, the parents of the deceased victim could choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their son’s behalf against the driver. The other back seat passenger may also wish to file a personal injury lawsuit against the same defendant (if the injured passenger is a minor, the suit would have to be filed by his or her parents).