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Champaign car crash sends several to hospital

On behalf of of Frederick & Hagle posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

An Illinois man has been ticketed by police for running a red light after causing a multiple vehicle car crash which ended with his 5-year-old daughter seriously injured and a 2-year-old girl apparently escaping physical injury. The accident occurred after the man reportedly ran a red light. His van struck an SUV and the force of the car crash caused the van to overturn, landing on its roof.

The crash caused the man to be partially ejected from his van. Police found him conscious and alert at the scene. Witnesses helped both of the young girls after they were found in their car seats hanging upside-down. The man’s 5-year-old daughter was breathing but groggy.

It appears likely that the 30-year-old woman driving the SUV suffered injuries as well. Although reports do not detail what type of injuries she may have incurred, she was transported to a local hospital with the three family members from the van. The van also struck a third vehicle driven by a 53-year-old Muncie woman, but neither she nor her passenger was reported to be injured.

The Illinois man’s failure to yield was cited preliminarily as the cause for this serious car crash. Although he is likely experiencing deep remorse for the accident, the first concern is understandably for the full recovery of his 5-year-old daughter. Other than the fact she was listed in fair condition at Carle Foundation Hospital, her further condition was unknown. The others were reportedly released from the hospital, though the precise nature of their injuries was not detailed. While the father already received a citation for running a red light, the official accident report will likely detail what occurred with greater specificity to help all parties determine what, if any, steps to take in furtherance of their rights and responsibilities under the law.

Source: The News Gazette, “Man ticketed in accident that injured his daughter,” Mary Schenk, March 8, 2012

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