My Fox Chicago reported earlier this week on a tragic weather related car accident involving a police care in Aurora.
A squad car responded to a burglary in progress call shortly before 9 p.m. A 26-year old officer was driving and the Reverend Jerome Leak, the senior chaplain for the police department, was in the passenger seat. The car’s lights and sirens were activated.
While traveling quickly to reach the destination the car apparently hit a patch of ice on the road, sending the vehicle careening out of control. The squad car spun off the road and struck a tree located on a parkway. The impact occurred on the passenger side of the car. The Reverend had to be extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel. He was then airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment, but his injuries were not expected to be life-threatening. The driving officer was treated locally for minor injuries and released.
Police are still investigating the circumstances of the death to better understand what caused the car crash. Dangerous road conditions and the need for quick emergency responders presents unique challenges to police officer, fire squads, ambulances and all those who need to reach a destination quickly while remaining safe on the roads.
Our Chicago car crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti encourage all drivers to take the extra precautions necessary to drive carefully in the winter months. The usual methods apply: steady speeds, not driving too closely, use of safety belts, and the like. Also it is vital for drivers to ensure that their car is kept in proper working order so that the cold and extreme weather does not damage the machine and cause an accident.
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