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Parents killed, children injured by drivers allegedly racing

A Lynnwood family of five returning home from church on Aug. 27 was involved in a tragic accident in south suburban Chicago. It claimed the lives of both parents and left their three children hospitalized. The Cook County sheriff's office says that two drivers who were racing each other ran a stop sign in Robbins before hitting the family's minivan.

Those drivers, who were also injured in the crash, are facing criminal charges. Both men were charged with reckless homicide. One of the drivers, who is 25, is also facing two charges of aggravated DUI. He remains in the hospital. The other driver is 41. Two other people who were passengers in the men's cars were also injured in the collision. Another person who was riding in one of the cars refused medical attention at the scene.

The conditions of the children, who range from 4 to 8 years old, were not made public. They were taken to Oak Lawn's Advocate Christ Medical Center.

The police chief of Robbins says that the family was "doing everything that they're supposed to do." He said that the parents, who were 43 and 59, had their children and themselves buckled in properly and that they were obeying all traffic laws when the vehicles struck them.

In addition to the criminal charges, the drivers who were allegedly racing at the time of the accident may face civil action as well. While obviously no amount of compensation will replace the lives of parents of young children, it can help with the financial challenges likely to be faced by surviving family members who must work to rebuild their lives and help the children recover physically and emotionally.

Source: NBC Chicago, "2 Arrested in Fatal Robbins Crash That Killed Parents, Injured 3 Children," Aug. 30, 2015

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