Motor vehicle accidents claim sisters’ lives 18 years apart

On behalf of Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish

Many Illinois residents may have heard the old saying that lightening never strikes the same place twice. Like other highly improbable events, it is hard to believe that accidents and other such chance occurrences can happen and affect the same people more than once. One Illinois family may be starting to believe that accidents, like lightening, do not always follow commonly held beliefs.

A 29-year-old Illinois woman was recently killed when her sport utility vehicle crashed with a semi truck. What makes the circumstances of her accident tragically unique is that her twin sister was killed in a vehicle accident merely 500 yards away from where the SUV driver lost her life.

Almost eighteen years ago, the victim with her sister and three other kids was walking along Burville Road near Crete when a vehicle hit the children and killed three of the five youths. Among the dead was the recent victim’s twin sister.

Family members of the victim have expressed shock that both twins could lose their lives in motor vehicle accidents in nearly the exact same place almost two decades apart. The trauma of losing this victim may be compiled with that of losing her sister so long ago and may cause family members to suffer new mental anguish over the losses of both women.

While car collisions are not unusual, the circumstances surrounding this particular incident are quite unique. As the family members of this victim attempt to work through matters associated with her final arrangements they may consider working with a personal injury attorney to learn more about their possible claims. Though they may end up not filing a lawsuit over her death, they may simply want to understand their options for moving forward with their lives.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Crash victim killed near site of twin’s ’96 death,” Angie Leventis Lourgos, Carlos Sadovi and Dennis Sullivan, Mar. 1, 2014

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