Illinois Chief Says Car At Accident Scene “Looked Like A Ball Of Aluminum Foil”
A 21-year-old driver with a history of speeding was said to be traveling over 100 mph when he crashed into another vehicle on Friday, killing himself and a family of three in the accident.
Illinois Authorities reported that 21-year-old Piotr Rog was driving Westbound in his Mercedes at a high rate of speed, when it slammed into a Chevy Impala driven by Kevin Crawford, 52. Both drivers were killed, along with Crawford’s wife, 50-year-old Anita Crawford, and their daughter, 20-year-old Kirsten Crawford. Rog’s passenger was transported to a local hospital, and two people from a third car involved in the wreck were treated at the scene.
The Crawfords’ other two children, 15-year-old Hailee, a sophomore at Prospect High School, and 9-year-old Christian, a fourth-grader at Windsor Elementary School in Arlington Heights were not in the car at the time of the crash. A GoFundMe has been established to support the surviving children.
Veteran police chief William Kushner told reporters that it was the worst accident he’d seen in his 40 years of service.
“[The car] looked like a ball of aluminum foil.” Kushner told reporters. ” you don’t get that kind of damage unless (Rog) was driving at least double the posted 40 mph speed (limit), or more than 80 mph.”
Investigators later reported that Rog was traveling at over 100 mph.
Driver’s History Of Traffic Offenses
According to Illinois police, Piotr Rog had a history of traffic-related offenses before last week’s crash. At least five of those offenses involved traveling at least 15 mph over the posted speed limit, and at least two tickets were for driving over 21 mph above the limit.
Rog’s license had been suspended multiple times, however, he did have a valid Illinois license at the time of the crash. It is unclear at this time if drinking was involved. Toxicology reports may take up to six weeks.
Car Accidents Caused By Speeding
Unfortunately, speeding, especially when it goes hand in hand with other accident risk factors, can lead to serious and even deadly accidents. In addition to speeding, a driver may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs or talking on a cell phone or texting.
If you or a family member is injured or killed in a collision, it is important to talk to a skilled personal injury attorney about your rights. At Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers, we always offer free, no obligation consultations. Call anytime at 314-444-4444. An attorney can help walk through the important steps of preserving evidence and information, so your family can focus on healing.