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Van Roll Over Causes Injury to Seven Passengers

In the early evening of Thursday, October 31st a Residential Developers Inc.van was involved in a rollover crash.  Residential Developers Inc. is a Champaign home for people with developmental disabilities. The van, a 2007 Ford Econoline, was transporting three employees, including the driver, and five residents. According to a state police report, the driver, Latonia Thatcher, 44, of Champaign, lost control as she was entering the ramp from U.S. 36 to northbound I-57 in Tuscola. It was reported that the van left the road to the right and rolled onto its passenger side near the shoulder in a grassy area. Luckily, everyone in the van was wearing a seat belt but seven of the eight occupants were still injured. The Tuscola Fire Department arrived at the scene and extricated all eight people from the van. Those injured included the two other staff members, Leslie Montenegro, 19, of Buckley and Schaquera O. Cross, 34 of Urbana, as well as four of the five residents, which consisted of three women, ages 51, 53 and 63, all from Philo, and a 40-year-old man from Urbana. All were taken by ambulance to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana and their conditions are currently unknown. The fifth resident passenger, a 24-year-old man from Philo, sustained no injuries. Police ultimately issued Thatcher a ticket for driving too fast for conditions.

Unfortunate events like this should serve as a reminder to always practice safe driving and wear your seatbelt. Following all traffic laws and adjusting for weather conditions can help to ensure safety, but there is still a chance of being involved in a vehicle crash. Being involved in a car crash can often lead to a great amount of pain and suffering, whether physically or emotionally. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car crash and suffered an injury due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. are ready to guide you through this difficult process and aid you in your legal dealings. Contact one of our attorneys today at (217) 443-4343 to receive a free consultation.