Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti have seen many unique vehicle crashes in our time defending victims against negligent drivers. But the Chicago Sun Times recently profiled a vehicle accident that police officers in Montgomery, Illinois-a far western suburb-have described as one of the most bizarre crashes they have ever seen.
In mid-July of this year, Pete Moore was removing siding from a home when he was attacked by a swarm of wasps. He was not immediately alarmed following the attack, because as someone who worked in the home improvement business, he has experienced yellow jacket issues in the past. In fact, he had been stung by bees in the past without incident.
However, within 15 minutes of the attack, it became clear that these stings were much different than others. Welts began appearing on his body. At that point he called his wife to let her know that he was going to drive his truck to the local hospital to ensure that welts did not develop into something more serious. Unfortunately, his truck never made it to the hospital.
Not long after beginning the trip, Moore began feeling the consequences of the attack. He was experiencing anaphylactic shock caused by the closure of air passages. Just as he was trying to pull off to the side of the road and put the car into park, he lost consciousness. Police believe that it was at that point that his body moved the vehicle into reverse with his foot still on the gas pedal. That caused the truck to careen backwards.
The vehicle ultimately hit a sign, sped across four lanes of highway traffic, flew over the incline in front of a K-Mart parking lot, and crashed into the store. Moore was rushed to the hospital with a broken spine among other injuries. Fortunately, he survived the crash, but was paralyzed from the waist down.
The takeaway from this tragic car accident is remembering that driving impairments may strike at any time. Some circumstances when driving should be avoided are obvious-when you’ve too much drink, are tired, or have taken certain medications. But other circumstances are perhaps just as risky, like the unique circumstances in this case. It is impossible to fully know when certain things may occur that will get in the way of careful driving. But with the potential harm so high, it is reasonable not to risk getting behind the wheel of these large machines any time that you may feel physically, emotionally, or psychologically weakened.