Posted on May 29th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
Although Memorial Day is supposed to be a relaxing holiday weekend, it is also infamously known for fatal car accidents. The Associated Press released an article this week describing only a few of the fatal crashes that occurred all over the country this weekend.
One of those tragic crashes occurred in Southern Illinois just after midnight near Keyesport, IL, where a two-vehicle crash took the lives of four people and sent five more to the hospital. According to the coroner, three of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected from their vehicles, and one died later at a St. Louis hospital.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Emerald Road and Keyesport Road when a Pontiac Grand Am failed to stop at the stop sign. As a result, it collided with a Cadillac Escalade as it entered the intersection. The crash caused the SUV to hit a drainage ditch and overturn.
The Escalade had seven passengers total, three of which were killed. Every passenger except one was only 21 years old. The passenger in the Grand Am was also pronounced dead at the scene.
So far no charges have been filed, but police reports did confirm that the driver of the Grand Am was largely at fault for failing to stop at the intersection. Witnesses, however, put at least some of the group in the SUV at Carlyle Lake earlier that day.
Accidents such as these remind everyone to always be safe on roadways, especially during busy holiday weekends. If you or someone you know who was injured because of careless, negligent or reckless driving, do not hesitate to seek legal advice. At Page Cagle in St. Louis, we can help you sort out the facts in your case and get you the compensation you deserve. Call a Car Accident Attorney today for a free consultation.