Teen Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on Illinois 9 in McLean County
McLean County, IL -- May 18, 2022, a 17-year-old male was fatally injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Illinois Route 9 in McLean County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:20 p.m. on Route 9 at County Road 2600 East, east of Bloomington. Preliminary investigation suggests a commercial 18-wheeler was headed north on the county road when the driver allegedly failed to stop for a sign at the highway. The truck entered the lanes and struck the victim's westbound Audi.
The teenager suffered fatal injuries in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt and was cited for failure to obey a stop sign.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident on IL-9 in McLean County
Reports say the driver got a simple citation for failure to yield here. However, I can't help but notice that a young life was tragically cut short by that failure, so I'm not sure the reported consequences really fit the gravity of the accident.
Maybe that's the most police could do under the circumstances as I doubt the driver's failure to yield was malicious. However, if he ran the stop sign out of simple recklessness that could constitute a serious case of professional negligence. Further investigation should find out whether there was some issue with the truck that kept it from stopping or if the stop sign was somehow hard to see, but if preliminary reports got the facts right it seems like this is mostly a matter of careless disregard on the suspect's part. If that's true and all the police can really do is slap him on the wrist, then real justice may demand the victim's loved ones pursue a different course on their own.
Obviously citizens can't run around arresting people. Instead, the most likely course of action here would be to pursue a wrongful death claim against the truck driver and his employer. That's not to encourage anyone to get litigious, but rather to clarify the most common option exercised by victims and families if they take matters into their own hands.
If they seek to hold the driver and company accountable, the victim's family will likely need as much clear evidence of what happened as possible. It may seem as though police already have the truck driver dead-to-rights in terms of fault, but the trucking company can and will dispute police findings all day if it means protecting their assets and avoiding liability.
Combating the excuses and deflections used by trucking attorneys usually means bringing so much clear evidence that they have nowhere to run, and unfortunately police don't always dig deep enough into a wreck to find those necessary details. That's why I often recommend to people affected by terrible incidents like this that they work with independent investigators, whose goal is to unearth the proof needed for a proper resolution--not just to secure help for a grieving family, but also to ensure that the people responsible for this tragedy face real repercussions and change their ways.