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Local man killed in Peoria car crash near hospital

It is often hard to predict the outcome of a car accident. In some cases, the accident destroys cars but leaves drivers with minor bumps and bruises. But in other cases, even the simplest car accident can lead to death.

Peoria residents may have heard about a recent local car accident that led to the death of a 78-year-old man. The car crash involved three cars and happened near Proctor Hospital during the morning hours of a recent Friday. According to news reports, the man, who was a resident of Washburn, was in a car being driven by his wife. They were on their way to the hospital at the time of the car accident. The man’s wife reportedly turned left toward Proctor Hospital when her car was hit by a vehicle heading south on Knoxville Avenue. After the couple’s car was hit, it was pushed into another car that was stopped at a red light.

The driver of the southbound vehicle, as well as the 78-year-old man and his wife, were taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.  The third vehicle’s driver was not injured in the crash. After being transported to the hospital, the Washburn man died in the emergency room.

Peoria police say they are still investigating the crash, though they claim speeding, drugs and alcohol did not play a part in the accident. The outcome of their investigation, especially details about what caused the crash, will be important if any of the victims of this incident consider filing a personal injury claim.

Source: Journal Star, “Three-car accident kills one, injures two Friday morning,” Journal Star staff, Aug. 16, 2013

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