Lawsuit arises after triple-fatal crash in Illinois
by Guy Kilty, August 16th, 2011
Last year on August 15, James Black and two passengers riding in his pickup truck were killed when the truck allegedly lost control at about 100 miles per hour and slammed into a house. Now a multiple-defendant lawsuit has been filed in La Salle County Circuit Court, the Illinois News Tribune reports.
According to the news source, Cynthia Burash, the mother of one of three killed in the high-speed crash, has hired a car accident attorney and filed a wrongful death lawsuit, naming several people, including Black's father, as defendants. Circuit Judge Eugene P. Daugherity has been assigned to the case.
James Black, 49, was allegedly driving four teenage passengers home with a revoked license and a blood alcohol content "well above" the legal limit. Survivors of the crash told police that Black was not looking at the road, and when alerted by another passenger of a pedestrian in the roadway, he then swerved off East 1225th Road in Farm Ridge Township.
In 2009, there were 319 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Illinois, accounting for 35 percent of all traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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