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Car accidents can produce additional charges after scene testing

In many cases, motor vehicle accident scenes are investigated and appropriate charges made within a fairly short period of time. However, some car accidents can become more complicated as the wreckage from the accident scene is further evaluated. An Illinois man who was charged for minor crimes is now wanted on much more serious charges after results from laboratories have become available to investigators.

The initial accident occurred on May 4, 2016. A 71-year-old woman was stopped on Route 41 and was waiting to turn left onto Knox County 730N. At approximately 2:45 p.m., she was rear-ended by a vehicle operated by 45-year-old man. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man was issued citations at the time for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. However, in the months that followed, the crime labs discovered methamphetamine production items at the crash site. The man is now wanted for several felonies, including unlawful possession of methamphetamine, aggravated DUI, reckless homicide and unlawful participation in methamphetamine production. He had several prior meth offenses, and even served a seven-year sentence for related charges in 2010.

For surviving family members who feel that justice was not served after losing loved ones in car accidents, there may be hope. Retaining the services of an Illinois attorney who is experienced in personal injury litigation could be a good step, even if the criminal charges filed are not felonious at the time of the accident. Family members could seek financial reparations in a civil suit against the driver in order to pay for unexpected expenses regardless of any criminal charges filed, and may be able to seek a higher settlement if charges increase in severity.

Source: galesburg.com, "Warrant issued for driver in fatal crash on Illinois 41", Robert Connelly, July 20, 2016

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