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Fatal car accident likely caused by speeding driver

Chicago police are now questioning a man for his alleged role in a fatal multiple vehicle accident that included a Chicago Transit Authority bus. Police say a 71-year-old man was killed as he loaded groceries into the back of his car when he was struck by vehicle attempting to go around a CTA bus.

According to witnesses, a red Ford was seen hurtling through a red light at Sheridan Road and Balmoral Avenue just prior to the accident. One witness described the vehicle as traveling between 50 to 60 mph before slamming into the back of the victim's car. That witness claimed that the impact of the collision was so great that the striking vehicle continued on and struck three additional parked vehicles after the initial contact.

The victim became pinned between the striking vehicle and the rear of his own car. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It is assumed that the victim was loading groceries into the trunk of his car from the nearby Care for Real food pantry when the accident occurred. The accident resulted in injuries to three other people. They were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Residents of the neighborhood told reporters that motorists often speed along Sheridan and that such incidents like attempting to go around buses are rather frequent. Police arrested the driver and indicated that charges are pending. The investigation continues, and authorities have disclosed that they will review video from the bus as part of their inquiry.

Chicago motorists have a right to remain free of harm from reckless, impaired or distracted drivers. Car accidents are bad enough already when they happen as a result of a mechanical failure or bad weather conditions, but they are downright terrible when they happen as the result of a preventable accident.

If you have been harmed by negligent driver, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical costs and other related expenses.

Source: CBS Chicago 2, "Driver Questioned After Fatal Edgewater Crash" Jul. 31, 2014

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