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Teen killed in accident when driver allegedly runs stop light

In some senses, there's almost no way to prevent being involved in a serious car accident, because you don't have to make any mistakes at all. It just takes one mistake by another driver, and even young drivers have been on the road long enough to know that people make plenty of mistakes.

For instance, consider a deadly crash in Illinois that happened in early March. A teen from Normal West Community High School was driving down Raab Road, heading home after she had participated in her daily softball practice. She got to the intersection with Mitsubishi Motorway, stopped at the light and then pulled out when the light turned green.

She made no reported mistakes. Tragically, a 23-year-old pickup truck driver coming down Mitsubishi Motorway did make a critical error, failing to stop for the light that had just turned red. He slammed into her car in the intersection.

The teen suffered critical injuries and was rushed to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. From there, she was transferred to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, which is over in Peoria. Though doctors did their best, she passed away from her injuries.

She was just 17 years old. The driver who hit her was only 23. He did live through the accident, though he was injured. Police gave him tickets for failing to slow down, failing to stop at the light and for not wearing a seat belt.

Stories like this help to illustrate the real degree of danger people face on highways all over Illinois, regardless of their own proficiency behind the wheel. The families of those who pass away must know all of their legal options.

Source: Pantagraph, "Normal West student dies after Bloomington crash," Kevin Barlow, March 08, 2018

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