Earlier today, ABCLocal.com detailed the devastating report of a Chicago car accident that took the life of a city worker. The 42 year old woman was on her way home from work at Chicago’s 911 dispatch center when her car was fatally stuck by the driver of a stolen vehicle. The 16 year old driver of the stolen Range Rover was already being pursued by police when he ran a stop sign and struck the victim’s vehicle.
After striking the victim’s vehicle, the driver continued to collide into a parked car – ultimately sending it into a brick wall. Witnesses at the scene report that the victim died upon impact. In addition to being charged with first degree murder, the 16 year old is facing charges of felony burglary, DUI, and various traffic violations that occurred prior to the crash.
Not only have the recent years seen an increase in violent crimes committed by juveniles, but the rate of vehicle accidents caused by teenagers is substantially on the rise as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen drivers – especially males – are the most at risk to cause substantial harm. The CDC affirms that among 15-20 year old male drivers who were involved in fatal crashes, 37% were speeding at the time of the collision and 26% were under the influence of alcohol. In order to prevent further fatalities cause by teen drivers, the CDC recommends that parents take a stronger role in regulating teen vehicle use.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys have worked with many families who have been the victims of negligent driving, such as this one. The devastation that results from lives lost can be completely prevented if drivers abide by the rules and regulations of the road. Drivers of all ages should consistently practice vehicle safety in order to prevent the recurrence of a destructive accident like this one.