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Illinois woman killed by snow plow

Tragedy struck recently in northern Illinois when a suburban Thornton woman died after her car was hit by a snow plow on Jan. 9 in Chicago Heights.

The fatal accident occurred shortly before midnight at the intersection of Halsted and Alice Streets, according to officers with the Chicago Heights Police Department. The woman, 31, was driving her 2000 model Pontiac Grand Am when it was struck by a 2015 International truck that had been fitted with a snow plow.

The truck and plow were owned and maintained by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The driver of the snow plow was a Markham resident, age 57. He also was injured in the collision and received treatment at Chicago Heights' Franciscan St. James Heath.

When officers responded to the scene of the crash, the Grand Am driver was already fatally injured. A member of the Cook County medical examiner's office pronounced her dead at the accident scene.

Her autopsy was performed on Jan. 11. The death was ruled accidental. However, the South Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team and Accident Investigation Unit of the Chicago Heights Police Department continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident itself.

Survivors of loved ones who were killed in similar circumstances may be able to recover financial compensation for their losses by filing claims for the wrongful death of their spouse or family member.

Funeral costs, final medical expenses stemming from the accident and sometimes compensation for the person's pain and suffering before they succumbed to their injuries may also be included in the claim for damages to the responsible party's insurance carrier.

Source: Chicago Sun Times, "Woman dies in Chicago Heights crash with snowplow," Matthew Hendrickson, Jan. 11, 2017

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