Believe it or not, about one in every 30 births in the U.S. results in twins these days – and the incidence of twins born in Illinois has more than doubled since 1980. Families experience twice the joy when they welcome two babies into the world on the same day. But one cannot imagine the grief that strikes families when twin siblings die on the same day.
Sadly, this was the case last weekend on the Far South Side of Chicago. About 8:30am on Saturday, a 20-year old woman was driving in the Roseland neighborhood heading north on State Street about two-thirds of a mile prior to the Bishop Ford Freeway (Interstate 94). At the intersection of 102nd Street, the woman lost control of the 2008 Kia Optima she was driving and slammed into three parked cars. The force of the collision was enough to wrap one of the parked cars around a light pole. The crash also killed the driver and the two 22-year old male twins who were in the car with her (one of whom was her boyfriend). A 15-year old girl who was also in the Optima was rushed to an area hospital with critical injuries.
The precise cause of the Illinois auto accident is unknown, although the car was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed. But it appears from the information given that the 20-year old woman will be held responsible for the crash.
That means that the mother of the two twins (or, if one of them was married, his wife) could choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the estate of the driver. Since the woman and her boyfriend were not legally married, his surviving family members can still file suit against her estate. Furthermore, if the teenager isn’t related to the driver, her parents could file a personal injury lawsuit against the woman’s estate as well.