It’s never easy to lose a loved one, but it’s especially heartbreaking when it happens because of someone’s mistake. A father from Lemont Township in Illinois is experiencing this kind of heartbreak due to a motorcycle accident that took the life of his 30-year-old son. The victim was a Marine who had served in Iraq.
The war veteran, who his father says struggled through his time in high school, had finally found his calling in arts and architecture. The victim had completed his studies and was set to graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an architecture degree.
On the night of the accident, he was celebrating with his father and other family members in Urbana at a barbecue restaurant. The young man left on his motorcycle at around 8:30 p.m. to get his hair cut, but a short while later a female driver who was making a left turn allegedly hit him. The police said the accident was her fault.
Surprisingly, the man’s father expressed no anger towards the woman, instead saying that he does not hold any ill will towards her and that he expects she will suffer for what has happened. Reports indicate the victim was looking forward to attending graduate school for architecture in the fall.
While it was not reported whether the father or other family members are considering legal action against the driver, they might well be able to mount a successful personal injury case. For those who have lost loved ones due to motorcycle accidents or faulty workmanship on the part of a motorcycle manufacturer, a personal injury attorney can offer sound advice on which direction to take.
Source: CBS Chicago, “Lemont Veteran Dies In Motorcycle Crash Ahead Of Graduation From U Of I” Steve Miller, May. 18, 2014
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Illinois veteran killed in motorcycle accident