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Post-prom car accident leads to reckless homicide charges

A car accident after prom has now led to a number of charges for one of the drivers involved, including charges of reckless homicide. That driver, an 18-year-old male from Calumet City, apparently came up positive when given a marijuana test after the accident.

Two people died in the crash. One of them was another 18-year-old male, and the other was a 56-year-old man.

The driver who has been charged was on State Street, heading east, and he was driving a Honda Civic. This was close to Burnham Avenue, and it happened right around 6:40 in the morning. The 56-year-old man was behind the wheel of a pickup truck, coming from the other direction down the same street.

The Civic apparently left its lane and crossed into the opposing lanes, where the two vehicles collided. The driver of the pickup passed away and the front-seat passenger in the Civic also died. Another passenger was in the back seat of the Civic, and he survived the crash but did break his jaw.

While some of the details about the crash are not fully clear, the boys in the car had been to their prom the night before. The authorities then learned that they'd gone to another event after the prom ended at 10:30 in the evening, and they were finally driving back from that in the early morning hours, when they were involved in the accident.

The school released a statement saying that the accident was unfortunate, adding that they had tried to help teen drivers with displays, assemblies, and other things of this nature.

Those who have lost loved ones in car accidents should know about their rights to compensation.

Source: NWI.com -- The Times, "Charges filed in post-prom wreck," David P. Funk, May 19, 2015

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