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Driver who caused fatal November bicycle accident admits to DUI

On an afternoon in November last year, a 33-year-old Illinois man was cycling on the shoulder of a Carbondale roadway when he was knocked down by a vehicle. Witnesses reported seeing the driver swerving across the traffic lanes before the vehicle struck the cyclist. Police were alerted about the bicycle accident, and officers arrived to find the man unconscious on the ground.

It was reported at the time that the victim's heart failed, but he was revived before he was rushed to a hospital. There it was determined that he had suffered a broken back and neck, rib fractures and severe head trauma. He was then airlifted to another hospital but succumbed to his injuries the following morning.

Distracted drivers 4 times more likely to cause a car accident

Distracted driving remains a matter of concern for Illinois authorities. It is reported that this time of the year -- when students are going back to schools, colleges and universities -- typically leads to more accidents involving teenagers. Many car accident injuries have been linked to distracted drivers.

Although distracted driving is commonly associated with drivers using mobile devices, there are multiple other things that can cause a driver's attention to be diverted. Putting on makeup, eating and tuning the radio can cause distractions that may have devastating consequences. Authorities urge drivers to choose a safe spot to pull off the road to use a mobile device or to engage in any of the mentioned activities.

Alleged drunk driving accident injures 5 when car is rear-ended

A 36-year-old Illinois mother was recently arrested after rear-ending another vehicle. She faces multiple charges after failing a field sobriety test when police found four minor children, covered in spilled alcohol, in the car with her. Another bottle of liquor was allegedly found in a diaper bag in the car. Chicago Police reported that the driver was in an altercation with the occupants of the rear-ended vehicle when they arrived at the scene of the alleged drunk driving accident.

The accident reportedly happened when the alleged drunk driver smashed into a stationary vehicle at a red traffic light. The stationary vehicle was occupied by five people, of whom three were children, and they were all transported to a hospital for treatment of bruises and neck injuries. The severity of the injuries was not published.

Rider airlifted after motorcycle accident on Illinois Route 92

Motorcycle riders sometimes put their lives on the line on the busy Illinois roads. The protection of a helmet is typically not enough to protect a rider from internal trauma, and it provides no protection against spinal cord injuries in the event of a motorcycle accident. Despite the regular calls for drivers of motor vehicles to keep a lookout for motorcycles, bike riders continue suffer severe -- and sometimes fatal -- injuries in accidents in which vehicle operators fail to yield.

A 43-year-old motorcyclist was fortunate to survive a collision with a car on a recent Tuesday. A preliminary accident report indicates that the collision occurred shortly before 2 a.m. on Route 92. Police say the motorcyclist was eastbound when a westbound driver turned left onto another road, directly into the motorcycle's path.

Car accident: Reckless homicide charge follows hit-and-run crash

An Illinois family has to cope with the unanticipated death of a loved one in an accident that could have been avoided. The driver who apparently caused the car accident is now facing multiple charges, including reckless homicide. Police reported that the accident occurred very early on a recent Saturday morning in Tinley Park.

According to an accident report, Tinley Park Police officers were busy tending to another accident when a 21-year-old driver struck a 54-year-old pedestrian before sideswiping a police vehicle. She fled the scene and was subsequently identified and located through non-stop gathering of evidence and the assistance of witnesses. The pedestrian suffered critical injuries and was rushed to the hospital but, sadly, she later died as a result of her injuries.

Alleged drunk driving accident injures 3 Illinois drivers

Drunk driving on busy Illinois roads continues to be the cause of many injuries and deaths. When drivers take to the roads while impaired by drugs or alcohol, they do not only risk their own lives, but also the lives of other road users. An alleged drunk driving accident on Illinois Route 34 recently caused serious injuries to the drivers of three vehicles that were involved.

The Illinois State Police says the accident occurred in the afternoon of a recent Thursday. The accident report states that two pickup trucks were northbound on Illinois Route 34, when another pickup truck that was southbound on the same road crossed over the center line. This vehicle was operated by a 40-year-old driver, and it collided with the driver's side of the truck driven by a 67-year-old woman. This was followed by an almost head-on crash into the other truck -- operated by a 56-year-old man.

Driver dies in multi-car accident after power lines fall

A 59-year-old woman tragically lost her life in a recent accident that followed moments after another driver knocked down a power line. The Illinois State Police indicated that the initial car accident may have been the result of excessive speed. The multi-vehicle accident occurred on Route 154 on a recent Sunday.

Accident reports indicate that a 23-year-old westbound driver went off the roadway after losing control of her vehicle. The vehicle apparently knocked down a utility pole after striking a railroad sign. Both the driver and her passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The driver was reportedly cited for improper lane usage as well as driving on a suspended driver's license. The power lines apparently fell across the road and caused an obstacle in the eastbound lanes.

Illinois woman dies in 6-car accident on Interstate 80

Interstate 80 was closed for several hours on a recent Sunday. This followed a horrific car accident in Morris that claimed the life of one person. Illinois State Police reported that a male driver who was suspected to have caused the crash was cited.

A police report states that the accident occurred just before 1:30 p.m. in both the westbound and eastbound lanes of Interstate 80. An SUV operated by a 66-year-old woman was apparently eastbound in the left lane when the 34-year-old driver of another vehicle reportedly pulled his vehicle into her lane. In order to avoid a collision, the SUV driver veered left and went off the roadway. She apparently went through a ditch in the center median, causing the SUV to go airborne.

Car accident: Driver strikes 3 vehicles --1 death, 2 injuries

A 20-year-old Illinois man allegedly caused devastation on Route 120 on a recent Monday afternoon. It was reported that he was driving a landscape truck with an attached trailer; the truck and trailer apparently to belonged to a landscape designer in Vernon Hills. Police reported that the man driving the landscape truck, with one passenger, was eastbound on Route 120 when he allegedly crossed over into the westbound traffic lanes and then caused not only one car accident, but three.

The first collision occurred when the landscape truck reportedly struck the side of a dump truck. Police say the driver continued traveling left of the center line and smashed into a passenger car, causing the death of the car's driver. This was followed by yet another collision where the landscape truck struck another vehicle.

Rider dies, passenger critical after motorcycle accident

When passengers ride in automobiles or on motorcycles in Illinois, their lives are literally in the hands of the driver. Those traveling as passengers on motorcycles are more exposed as they may have only a helmet as protection. A passenger was recently rushed to a hospital after she suffered critical injuries in a motorcycle accident.

Deputies responded to an alert about an accident that occurred in Lake County on a recent Wednesday evening. Preliminary reports indicate that a 23-year-old motorcycle rider with one passenger was traveling north and allegedly proceeded to pass a northbound car in an area in which passing was prohibited. The car was reportedly in the process of turning left, and the motorcycle smashed into the side of the car.

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