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Suspect submits DNA in double road fatality

Justice is catching up to one 40-year-old man charged by the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office with double counts of failing to stop after an accident that caused personal injury and/or death.

The man faces two class one felonies for a May 17 wreck that killed a motorcyclist and his passenger, ages 42 and 37, near Illinois City. The man reportedly struck them with his vehicle when it went across the center line. He allegedly then fled the scene, leaving the two Muscatine residents for dead.

On June 9, the suspect was in court at the request of the prosecution to be swabbed for DNA in relation to the fatal accident. The court ordered that the defendant submit a sample, and he left the courtroom after only a few minutes. He will appear in court next on July 10 for a pretrial hearing.

Certainly it is important that justice be meted out if the defendant is indeed guilty of the crime. However, no courtroom justice will ever negate the loss of the two deceased individuals to their respective family members.

Regardless of the outcome of the criminal charges in a case involving a fatal accident, family members of the one who was killed can turn to the Illinois civil court system and file wrongful death litigation against the at-fault individual and his or her auto insurance company. While the success of a civil case may be bolstered by a criminal conviction, it in no way is dependent upon it to yield a settlement or judgment for the survivors.

To learn more about the laws regarding wrongful death in Illinois, you should consider consulting with a legal professional.

Source: KWQC, "A quick day in court for Darrow," Jeff Whitten, June 09, 2015

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