A Chicago family is grieving this weekend after a deadly car crash took the life of a 17-year old girl and severely injured her 14-year old sister. The accident occurred on the 6700 block of North Artesian Avenue and North Shore Avenue.
As reported in the Chicago Tribune, around 2 a.m. the girls were in a Ford Explorer with two other friends on Artesian Avenue when the SUV they were traveling in ran a stop sign. Failure to see the sign at the intersection caused the vehicle to slam into a westbound car. The collision sent the SUV off the road, eventually slamming into two parked cars before being crushed by a tree.
The victims were rushed to a nearby hospital. The 17-year old girl was pronounced dead shortly after; her sister remains hospitalized. Three others were injured, and they remain in the hospital from guarded to critical condition.
The crash represents the tragic consequences of failure to properly abide by traffic signs at all times. Even in the middle of the night, it takes only one driving mistake to lead to a deadly collision. The cause of this particular miscalculation may never be known. However, statistics show that it is always dangerous for several teens to drive in the same car-they are more prone to distraction.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti send thoughts to all those harmed in this tragic car crash. While we may never reach the point where our roadways are without risk, one can ensure that the chance of becoming a victim of these crashes is dramatically lowered. To do that, everyone must ensure that they drive with vigilance-keeping eyes on the road and minds from wandering.
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