Posted On: November 8, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Family of I-57 Chicago Car Accident Victim Sues Driver for Cook County Wrongful Death

Nearly eight months after Katrina Jackson was killed in a Chicago car crash on the south side, her family is suing the driver, Yvonne Kemp, for Cook County wrongful death. The single-car accident occurred on Interstate 57 close to 99th Street.

Illinois State Police Say that Kemp was driving fast, did not keep a proper lookout, failed to stop to avoid a collision, and was driving while under the influence of alcohol when the Ford Escort struck a light pole. Kemp’s daughter, who was also in the vehicle, was ejected from the car before landing on the grass. Fortunately, the 9-year-old girl did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

Drunk Driving
A drunk driver's can be impaired to the point that he/she actually believes that it is possible to drive safely while under the influence. However, the death toll that has resulted from driving while under the influence, is evidence to the contrary. The damage to the lives of those injured and killed, as well as to the driver, who must spend a lifetime filled with remorse (and possibly years behind bars) cannot be quantified. Unfortunately, drunk driving crashes continues to occur on a daily basis.

Just this weekend, a woman was killed in a Chicago pedestrian accident when she was struck by a man who was allegedly drunk. The victim’s name is Yasha Hicks, 35.

The Chicago traffic accident occurred at around 2:42 am on Saturday. The driver, Jeremiah Thompson, 36, faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated DUI accident causing death, failure to reduce speed, driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood-alcohol level of at least .08%, failure to stay within a lane, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and not yielding to a pedestrian.

Autopsy results show that Hicks died of multiple injuries from being accidentally struck during a Chicago pedestrian accident.

Man charged with DUI in woman's death, ABCLocal, November 8, 2010

Lawsuit filed in fatal I-57 crash, Southtown Star, November 4, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Impaired Driving, US Department of Transportation

CyberDrive Illinois

Chicago Injury Attorney Blog

Malman Law Injury Blog

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