Diana Garcia Killed in Truck Accident in Cook County, IL
Cook County, IL -- February 18, 2023, Diana Garcia was killed after an accident where a truck and a car crashed.
Authorities said that the collision took place at approximately 7:19 a.m. along I-294 near mile marker 30. outside of Chicago.
It appears that 59-year-old Diana Garcia was in a vehicle which was traveling southbound along the interstate. Somehow, a crash occurred which left Garcia's vehicle disabled. Some time later, a semi-truck crashed into the back of Garcia's vehicle.
Due to the collision, Garcia sustained fatal injuries. A passenger in her vehicle had unspecified injuries. No one else was hurt, and additional details are unavailable at this time.
A truck rear-ending someone on the interstate is usually a huge red flag, but certain factors mentioned in the news make me wonder if this all was simply unavoidable. A vehicle being disabled in the roadway is obviously a serious hazard. Depending on how serious the crash was that disabled the victims' vehicle, it may have been situated such that any kind of emergency lights or taillights weren't clearly visible.
With that said, sunrise in the Chicago area is apparently just before 7:00 a.m., so it should be getting rather light around the time when police say the collision happened. Whether or not it was bright enough to see a disabled vehicle I wouldn't be able to say without more thorough reconstructions of the accident.
That leaves many serious questions, then. How light was it at the time? Did the victims have emergency lights on? Were other vehicles able to see and go around this vehicle without issue? Were there witnesses police were able to speak to? Is there video of the crash? Avoidable or not, someone lost their life here. That alone should warrant every effort to get their loved ones the answers they deserve.