CARBONDALE, IL- Kfvs12.com reports that a five-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle on North Wall Street in Carbondale, Illinois.

The boy was pronounced dead at the site of the accident. According to officials, the boy walked or ran into the road and was hit by the front end of the vehicle. The driver was traveling north and attempted to swerve out of the way but failed. The car then went off of the roadway and hit a utility pole. The driver was not injured in the crash.

Th investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing.

When pedestrians are involved in crashes, the chances of a fatality are higher in other types of vehicle accidents. In 2014, only 1.6% of the 296,060 crashes in Illinois involved a pedestrian, but 13.7% of fatalities involved pedestrians. The risk of death to a pedestrian in a crash is about 23.7 times higher than the risk to a person traveling in a vehicle. Men are slightly more likely to be killed as pedestrians than women, and 14.3% of pedestrians killed were between the ages of 5 and 15.

Overall crash data from Illinois from 2014 indicates that children were involved in 9.8 percent of vehicle accidents within the state.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are not capable of determining the speed and distance of vehicles until they reach the age of 10, meaning parents and caregivers should help children understand safe street crossing practices. Around 80 percent of children killed as pedestrians are struck by vehicles outside of an intersection.

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CHICAGO, IL- Sports.yahoo.com reports that a piece of the Wrigley Field scoreboard fell and struck a fan on the head during Tuesday’s game. The 19-year-old fan was apparently wearing a bucket on his head when the debris fell down and struck him.

While it was initially believed that a scoreboard tike had fallen onto the fan, the Cubs later clarified the story and stated that the object that fell was actuallya “6-8-inch metal “pin” that holds the score times in place.”

A spokesperson for the Cubs said that the injured man suffered a laceration on his head. He was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment. The wound was closed with the use of five staples. Apparently,the injury could have been worse had the man not been wearing a plastic bucket on his head when the pin fell. It is not clear why the man waswearing the bucket. One theory indicates that the bucket hat might have been inspired by the “rally caps” worn by Cubs players during a 2015 extra inning game. The original “rally caps” were reportedly empty bubble gum containers.

The accident is apparentlythe first of its kind at Wrigley Field, andrepresentatives for the team have stated that they are not sure why the pin came loose. Officials are investigating the cause of the accident. A crew manually operates the scoreboard, and it is unclear whether the pin became loose or was droppedby someone hanging the tiles. The cause of the accidentis not considered a structural issue inthe field, and the team does not anticipate a repeat incident.

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IL- Eturbonews.com reports that a premises liability case involving a Holiday Innlocated in Skokie was reversedand remanded after the appellate court sided with the plaintiffs, and found that a rape that occurred on the hotel premises created liability for the defendant, Holiday Inn Chicago.

On October 2, 2018, the plaintiff, Karla Gress was staying at the Holiday Inn Chicago-Skokie. Karla ate dinner at the hotel restaurant and had an alcoholic beverage. Karla then returned to her hotel room where a hotel security guard allegedly raped her while she was unconscious.

The guard accused of raping Karla was employed by the hotel, and reportedly also performed some maintenance related work at the Holiday Inn. The alleged rapist was named as Alhagie Singhateh. Karla and her husband filed a lawsuit claiming that Singhateh had committed assault and battery, that he intentionally inflicted emotional distress, and was guilty of gender violence. The plaintiffs filed a premises liability claim against Lakhani Hospitality, Inc., the company that owned and operated the hotel, and a lawsuit against Intercontinental and Hostmark Hospitality Group, Inc., which is the company that hired Singhateh. The plaintiffs claimed that the company that hired Singhateh failed to discover that he had previously been arrested for soliciting a prostitute and claimed the company was negligent for hiring him.

The court found that a special relationship exists between the owner of the hotel the employee security guard, and the victim who was a guest. The court also stated that the sexual assault was reasonably foreseeable.

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PEORIA COUNTY, IL- The pontiacdailyleader.com reports that a man was struck by a pickup truck that was hauling farming equipment on Saturday, July 28, 2018,just after 9 p.m. The accident took place near Cornell.

The victim was 41-year-old Michael Garcia, of Cornell. Responders transported Garcia to OSF Healthcare Saint Francis Medical Center. Reports referred to Garcia’s condition as “grave.” The victim was pronounced dead later on the night of the accident.

Early investigations indicate that Garcia was walking east along the westbound shoulder of Illinois 23.A pickup truck that was pulling farm equipment was driving west, andat the intersection of 111 East Road, a vehicle turned in front of the pickup truck. The driver of the pickup went around the other vehicle and then returned to his lane. However, the maneuver caused the farm equipment, a conditioner often referred to as a “Haybine,” stayed in the shoulder and hit Garcia. Garcia sustained severe head trauma and multiple blunt force injuries.

Traffic fatalities in Illinois, which include deaths of vehicle occupants, pedestrians, cyclists, andmotorcyclists, have been on the rise in recent years. One factor that is likely contributing to therising death toll is the increase of speed limits on roadways. When a person is struck by a vehicle,the speed at which the vehicle is traveling has a major impact on the likelihood that theperson struck will survive the crash. When a vehicle is traveling under25 miles per hour, the chances of the victim living are much greater. Lowing the speed limit would likely help to decrease the number of traffic deaths in the state.

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CHICAGO, IL- Abc7chicago.com reports that a 5-year-old girl was struck by a car and killed in South Lawndale on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The vehicle that struck the child was pulling into a driveway located at the 2600 block of South Karlov Avenue.*

The victim was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital whereshe was declared dead.

Police are investigating in the accident.

Data from Chicago indicates that pedestrian deaths in the city have been on the rise. In 2017, 46 pedestrians were killedin the city as compared with the previous year when 44 people were struck and killed. The five-year average number of pedestrians killed in Chicago was 38.2, indicating that the number of pedestrians killed has been rising each year. Local pedestrian deaths have been increasing since 2013, but not as quickly as the national average, which went up by 11% between 2015 and 2016. Other traffic-related deaths have increased as well.

The higher number of fatalities is occurring in spite of Chicago’s Vision Zero plan, which has a stated goal of eliminating traffic-related fatalities in the city by the year 2026.

Many of the fatalities that occurred last year happened in places that the Vision Zero plan has identified as high-risk locations. The city is implementing educational outreach programs and installing pedestrian-friendlyinfrastructure updates. The initiative is still new, so there is hope that as more aspects of the plan go into effect, the city will experience a decline in traffic fatalities. In New York City, where Vision Zero went into effect in 2014, traffic fatalities have dropped by 28%, and pedestrian deaths have gone down by 45%.

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IL- The Chicago.suntimes.com reports that a woman from Illinois was killedin a tragic boat accident in Missouri that cost 17 people their lives. The victim from Illinois was identifiedas Leslie Dennison, 64. The victims ranged in age from one to 76. The accident happened on Thursday, July 19, 2018,at about 7 p.m. on Table Rock Lake which is locatednear Branson.

According to weather records, a severe thunderstorm warning was issuedfor the area around the lake. The winds reportedly reached about 70 miles per hour. The warning was issued about half an hour before the boat capsized.

Twenty-nine people were on the boat when it sank, fourteen people survived, but seven of them were injured. One survivor said that while the boat had life vests, the captain of the boat told the passengers that they would not require life vests. She said that by the time the storm hit, it was too late.

Duck boats are capable of traveling on the land and in the water. These vessels have been involvedin other tragic accidents in the past. In 2015, five college students died in a collision between a duck boat and a bus. In 199, a duck boat sank in Hot Springs, killing 13 people.

The duck boat sank in an area where the water was 40 feet deepbut then rolled into a deeper area that was about 80 feet deep.

The cause of the tragedy is still undetermined. The investigation indicates that the winds had hurricane forces, but investigators are not sure why the boat went out in the first place.

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LA SALLE COUNTY, IL- According to newstrib.com, eight people suffered injuries in an accident involving a horse-drawn carriage in La Salle County. The accident took place at the Fox River Resorton Saturday, July 7, 2018. The victims ranged from age 1 to over 30. The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office reported that the accident occurred when the horses got “spooked” causing the carriage to turn over.*

A representative from Holiday Inn Club Vacations stated that the handlers lost control of the horses when one of the guested tapped one horse causing it to react. The handlers made an unsuccessful attempt to calm the two-horse team, but the horse ran, andthe carriage collided with an object. None of the eight injuries are believed to be serious.

While horse and carriages are only used for recreational purposes in many places, there are still places in the United States where it is not uncommon to see horse and carriages being usedon the roadways as a means of transportation. In Pennsylvania for example, the large Amish population uses horse-drawn carriages and motorists have to share the road with these vehicles.

In the last ten years, 23 people have diedin horse and buggy crashes in Pennsylvania, and there has been a reported total of 633 crashes, many of which resulted in injuries. In the majority of accidents, the operator of the buggy is not at fault. One of the causes of horse-drawn carriage crashes is drivers or others distracting or spooking the horses. Driver behaviors such as yelling out a window, honking a horn or flashing high beams at a horse can lead to tragedy because it can cause the horses to act erratically. While it may be frustrating for drivers to have to share the road with slower forms of traffic, horse-drawn carriages have a right to use the roadways, much like cyclists. It is important to be conscientious of every type of vehicle on the road.

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COOK COUNTY, IL- The Chicago.suntimes.com reports that a 29-year-old woman was killed in a collision that took place on Interstate 294 on Saturday, July 28, 2018,at about 6:48 a.m. The collision occurred near Deerfield, close to Lake Cook Road.

The victim, Camelea Skylynn Witting of Prospect Heights, was driving north on I-294 at the time of the crash. An autopsy determined that Witting died of multiple blunt force trauma.

Illinois traffic fatalities have increased in 2016 and 2017. In each of the last two years, Illinois’ traffic-related death toll has exceeded 1000 lives. Kelsea Gurski from the Illinois Department of Transportation, (IDOT), says that one of the leading causes of traffic-related deaths is distracted driving. While distracted driving includesanyevent in which a driver is paying attention to something other than driving, in recent years, the most common form of distracted driving involves drivers using smartphones while they are behind the wheel. Texting and driving has emerged as a majorkiller of people on the road. While it is illegal to text while driving, Gurski says that the law is challenging to enforce. Of course, there are many other common causes of car accidents across the state, including speeding and driving while under the influence.

While IDOT has been working to lower the number of traffic fatalities each year through its Driving Zero Fatalities to Reality campaign, the number of deaths has continued to rise, and so do the number of overall car crashes. In 2011, there were 281,788 crashes on Illinois roads. By 2015, the number of crashes rose to 313,216. IDOT’s campaign to eliminate traffic fatalities has a long way to go.

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CHICAGO, IL- The chicagotribune.com reports that an air ambulance made a crash landing near I-57 in Chicago’s Fernwood neighborhood. The helicopter was carrying a patient at the time of the crash. The patient was listedas in critical condition. Three helicopter crewmen also suffered injuries and were reportedly in stable condition following the crash landing.

The cause of the crash-landing is not yet known. Representatives from the Chicago Fire Department say that the pilot issued a mayday call prior tothe landing in a median near Wentworth Avenue. The Fire Department Deputy District Chief complemented the pilot’s job of landing the helicopter while enduring an emergency situation.

Overall, helicopter accidents are on the decline in the United States. In 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration released data showing a drop from 3.67 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in 2015 to 3.19 accidents in 2016. The decline in helicopter crashes is good news for an industry that has developed a reputation as quite dangerous. In 2008, Emergency Medical Helicopter pilots were considered by some to have the most dangerous job in the United States.

However, the dangers of emergency medical helicopters are often overstated. The spike seen in 2008 was likely in part the result of a rapidly growing industry, and the safety of air ambulances was already increasing year by year. Thisis considered an impressive feat because air ambulances are often flying in poor visibility and in areas with power lines and other obstacles that present challenges for air ambulance pilots. Even with all of the unique dangers presented, it is not the deadliest form of helicopter flight. More accidents are caused annually by nonprofessional pilots on personal helicopter flights.

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Chicago, Illinois (CBS) CBS News reports that a woman got killed by a train in Homewood. The fatal crash happened at the Homewood Metra Station. Metra and the Homewood Police Department are investigating the deadly accident, and have released few details about the crash.

Did you know that train vs. pedestrian collisions are the number one cause of railway fatalities? Over seven thousand pedestrians have been hit and killed by trains within the past ten years, and another six thousand or more have been hurt in train-pedestrian accidents. While the number of fatal automobile-train accidents has been declining in recent years, the number of train-pedestrian fatalities has remained relatively steady. The distribution of train-pedestrian fatalities among the states correlates with population numbers, with more populous states having higher numbers of train-pedestrian fatalities.

There are various strategies for reducing the number of train-pedestrian collisions and fatalities. Keeping pedestrian traffic away from train tracks reduces crash risk, and in some areas, railroads have placed fences along specific areas of rail that are frequently used as crossings by pedestrians. Another element of railway infrastructure that can save lives by preventing train-pedestrian accidents is motion detection cameras that are installed on some railway bridges. The cameras not only alert train operators of the presence of pedestrians on tracks in an area, but they can also activate an audio warning that instructs pedestrians to leave the area because they are at risk of getting hit by a train. Pedestrian overpass bridges give pedestrians the convenience of crossing over railways in areas where they tend to cross anyways, but without risking their lives. Pedestrians can keep themselves safe by avoiding walking on or near railroad tracks and by using pedestrian overpasses where they are available.

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