It was an especially sad weekend in the Will County village of Homer Glen, which is about forty miles southwest of Chicago. Residents had been reminded on Friday about the death of a teenager in a car crash in September when the driver in that accident was charged with reckless homicide. And there was more tragedy when another Homer Glen teenager died in an auto accident in Lockport.
The crash occurred around 4:15pm Saturday afternoon when a 1998 BMW collided with a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck at the intersection of Cedar Road and West 167th Street in Lockport near the Messenger Woods Nature Preserves (about 1 1/4 miles west of Veterans Memorial Tollway). The 16-year old girl driving the BMW had to be extricated from the vehicle by first responders, but she succumbed to her injuries less than an hour later. Investigators don’t yet know how the collision took place, but they have ruled out alcohol as a factor.
The 49-year old man driving the pickup was not injured. But if the investigation determines that he was partially or completely at fault in the Lockport auto accident, then he could be named as the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of the teen (because she was a minor). If successful, this type of suit could allow the plaintiffs to collect the estimated future wages that the girl would have earned in her lifetime had the crash never occurred. They could also receive reimbursement for hospital and burial expenses, as well as monetary damages for pain and suffering.
Ironically, this incident took place one day after the announcement that a wrongful death lawsuit had been filed against the driver in the September fatal crash in Homer Glen. Police suspect that the teen driver may have been street racing at the time of that incident.