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Two FedEx employees died after being struck by a third trucker along I-80 near Joliet early in the morning on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

One of the FedEx drivers had pulled over onto the roadway’s right shoulder earlier that morning after his truck began experiencing mechanical problems. It wasn’t too long after a second FedEx driver arrived on the scene to render assistance that a third trucker, a 48-year-old male with West Side Transport, veered onto the shoulder, striking the two FedEx trucks in the process.

The force of the crash resulted in an immediate fireball. Although emergency responders arrived quickly on the scene of the crash, it was too late to save the two FedEx drivers. As for the Chicago man who struck them, he was transported to Loyola Medical Center with burns about his body.

A 29-year-old Chicago woman was arraigned on a single aggravated count of driving under the influence during a hearing at a Cook County courthouse on Wednesday, Sept. 13. She stands accused of driving around the city both drunk and while smoking marijuana laced with PCP before becoming involved in car crash. That collision claimed the life of one of her four passengers, a 33-year-old man.

Witness accounts place the woman driving her 1992 Volvo southbound along Oakley Avenue in the direction of Van Buren Street when she came upon a red light shortly before 12:10 a.m. Instead of stopping at it, she is alleged to have continued through the intersection. It’s that she was t-boned by a Dodge Charger.

The impact of the crash ultimately caused the Dodge’s driver to crash into a phone pole. The Volvo’s driver ended up colliding with a concrete curb. Both vehicles were so significantly mangled that it required the Jaws of Life to extract all but one of the survivors.

A 24-year-old Chatham resident was charged with failing to report an accident that resulted in another’s death, a felony, by Chicago police on Thursday, Aug. 17. The man is alleged to have struck and killed a 39-year-old pedestrian in that same southside neighborhood at around 8:27 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 12.

According to witness statements taken at the scene of the fatal accident, the decedent was walking nearby 8200 South Cottage Grove when it appears she decided to cross from the east to the west side of the street. It’s as she was crossing that intersection, just one block up from where she lived, that a Cadillac CTS approached and struck her.

That white Cadillac’s driver reportedly made no attempt to stop after striking the woman. Instead, the motorist quickly fled the scene in the southbound direction along Cottage Grove.

A 29-year-old pregnant, suburban Chicago mom and her three sons all died days apart after their SUV was struck in Beecher, Illinois, on Monday, July 24. The mom had been transporting her three sons to a nearby church for a Bible camp when the driver of a pickup ran a stop sign, t-boning her SUV.

Will County police dispatch first began receiving reports of an accident at the intersection between Yates Avenue and Corning Avenue right around 8:38 a.m. that fateful morning. Upon arriving at the scene of the crash, they found the young mom and her 1-year-old son, both deceased. Her two other sons, a 4- and 6-year-old, were both transported to area hospitals in critical condition.

The 4-year-old died less than 36 hours later at Comer Children’s Hospital. The 6-year-old died early Thursday morning at the same Chicago hospital as his brother. Both had been placed on life support upon arriving at the hospital. The elder of two brothers had also been placed into a medically-induced coma during the final days before his death.

A Chicago mother is looking for answers as to why her daughter’s car was struck in a fatal car crash on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. The accident, which occurred at the intersection of Roosevelt and Kostner, involved the woman’s daughter and an off-duty Chicago police officer.

Surveillance video from along the path that the officer’s high powered Jeep is seen speeding along shows him being followed by officers in patrol cars. Their lights can be seen flashing as they pursue him. A police spokesperson has come out and said that officers had begun following the vehicle after it was reported that a SUV matching the description of the officer’s had been involved in a carjacking.

Despite their initial admission, Chicago’s Police Department have declined to speak any further about the incident. Their spokesperson notes that the case has been turned over to the city’s Independent Police Review Authority. Their policy is to not comment on pending investigations.

The mother of a 13-year-old girl who was killed as Hammond and East Chicago Police Officers engaged in a high-speed chase cites their negligence as the reason for her daughter’s wrongful death. That same Feb. 15, 2017 accident resulted in the woman’s mother suffering debilitating injuries as well.

A police chase had been initiated earlier that same day after a female was reported as having shoplifted beer from the store Strack and Van Til. After stealing the product, she is alleged to have entered an awaiting Dodge Durango driven by a male accomplice.

She then exited the store’s parking lot and continued to follow Indianapolis as she crossed the city line from East Chicago into Hammond. It was around 4:30 p.m. when Hammond Police joined in chasing the pair through the city’s many different commercial and residential areas.

A three-car accident claimed the life of a 77-year-old man and left a 74-year-old woman critically injured in Grayslake, Illinois, on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The fatal car crash, which occured on Peterson Road, right off of Behm Lake, occurred around 2:48 p.m. that afternoon.

The driver of a minivan, one of the critically injured victims in the accident, was traveling in the eastbound lane along Peterson Road and attempting to make a left turn onto Behm Lane when the passenger’s side of her vehicle was struck by a GMC pickup, which was traveling west at the time. Upon impact, the front portion of another vehicle, a Honda Civic, driven by an 85-year-old Grayslake resident, was struck as well.

When Grayslake Fire Department emergency responders arrived at the scene, the elderly gentleman was found to be in critical condition. Although he was transported to Condell Medical Center, he soon succumbed to his injuries.

A 45-year-old female pedestrian lost her life early in the morning on Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Chicago’s Chinatown after being struck by a van. The fatal motor vehicle accident, that happened near the 1900 block of South Tan Court, occurred around 8:10 a.m. that same morning on the south side of Chicago.

Witness statements taken by Chicago Police Department Officers at the scene of the accident, show that the woman was attempting to cross the street when she was struck by a 2005 Ford van. The van later hit another vehicle stopped in traffic before eventually coming to a full stop.

Although the decedent was still alive when emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the accident, she was later pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The Cook County Medical Examiner autopsy results are pending.

So much has been done to deter people from getting drunk and getting behind the wheel. Billboards. Public service announcements. Education programs. Of course, it is also illegal, and the penalties are steep. Still, people continue to drink and drive, resulting in many serious motor vehicle accidents every year.

What more can be done? Perhaps a bag of chips that displays a light-up message not to drink and drive if it detects alcohol on your breath?

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