An 81-year-old driver behind the wheel of a pickup truck killed himself and two people and injured nearly a dozen people in the multiple-car crash on October 5, 2014, according to multiple news reports.
According to WLS-TV, the 81-year-old driver was fleeing the scene of another crash when he drove his Ford F-150 into oncoming cars at 95th and Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn, IL. The crash occurred at around 4:30 p.m.
Police say the driver and two nuns with Little Company of Mary Sisters were killed in the 11-vehicle crash, WLS-TV reports.
A witness told police that he saw the 81-year-old driver slumped over the wheel of his truck at a red light at 95th Street and Western Avenue, the TV station reports. Shortly after the man said he was OK, the driver struck three vehicles at 95th Street and Keeler. While no one was seriously hurt, the driver fled the scene, the report states.
It was then the driver, traveling between 80 to 100 mph, sped through a red light at Cicero Avenue and struck several cars head-on, involving 11 cars in the crash and leaving two victims in critical condition.
The town’s fire chief described the crash as the most violent and bizarre accident he has seen on the job.
It is very scary that a driver would not only flee an accident scene – but also speed and run a red light. This driver’s tragic actions have changed the lives of many families.
The lawyers at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard handle car crashes involving clients who have been injured through no fault of their own. Victims in accidents like this, have a right to pursue compensation for their injuries and losses.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a driver who was speeding or ran a red light, do not hesitate to contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. to learn more about your rights and options.