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Illinois woman dies in multiple-car wreck

An Edwardsville, Illinois, woman was recently killed in a crash involving three different vehicles. Another individual who was involved in the crash had to go to the hospital for his injuries. The woman who died did not make it to the hospital, but was instead declared dead at the accident scene.

The crash happened on Plum Street in Edwardsville, and it took place shortly before 7:00 in the morning. The woman was in a minivan, and an SUV allegedly moved into her path, causing the initial collision. Another vehicle that was near the first two was unable to come to a complete stop, and it ran into them as well.

A driver and a young passenger were in the third vehicle, but they did not suffer injuries. The man who was driving the SUV had to be taken to a nearby hospital, but police said that his injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

However, the woman who died suffered from blunt trauma to both her head and her neck. This occurred even though she had her seatbelt on and the airbags deployed.

Charges have not yet been filed, as the police are investigating to determine why the accident took place. Interestingly, though, the man driving the SUV already had a warrant out for a previous charge, so he will now have to go to court for that.

The primary thing that determines who will be financially responsible for medical bills or even a wrongful death lawsuit is the person who was determined to be at fault in the car accident. For that reason, police are always careful to close down the roads and investigate before releasing any information regarding the fault of either driver. If the SUV driver is eventually found to be at fault, the family of the deceased might be able to file a civil suit.

Source: BND.com, "Edwardsville woman killed in car crash" Elizabeth Donald, May. 05, 2014

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