According to the Chicago Sun-Times, The fatal accident occurred on July 26 when David A. Ray was driving on Interstate 55 near Cicero Avenue. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Ray’s minivan was stopped between an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck when another semi-truck slammed into the rear of the pickup. The pickup crashed into Ray’s minivan, driving it into the rear of the 18-wheeler parked in front of him.
The four vehicles burst into flames, and Ray was found dead in his minivan after the fire was put out.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the driver of the 18-wheeler was cited for failing to reduce speed and following too closely. The two-count wrongful death lawsuit filed by Ray’s wife against the driver, David C. Hlebasko, and Pasquale Trucking Company states that they were negligent in following too closely, driving too fast, and failing to have adequate brakes on the 18-wheeler.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. Here are more statistics regarding motor vehicle accidents involving trucks: