As reported in the Willowbrook Suburban Life, an Illinois man faces up to five years in prison following a tragic semi crash two years ago that took the lives of two innocent travelers. Gustavo Gomez was convicted late last week of the reckless homicide of Sergio Espinosa and Rosalina Rodriguez.
In January of 2008 Gomez was driving a semi truck with an empty trailer northbound on Route 47 while the two victims were in a small car traveling west on Oak Creek Parkway in Darien, Illinois. Around 2:30 pm Gomez inexplicably ran a red light at the intersection of the two roads and collided with the other vehicle. Espinosa was killed at the scene, and Rodriguez died at the hospital shortly later.
Investigators believe that Gomez was speeding at the time of the collision, and are unclear exactly why he failed to stop at the light.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand the dangerous conditions that are present on our roadways. Vehicle crashes occur by the thousands each day. Some of the most destructive crashes involve vehicles of large size, like semi trucks. As occurred in this tragic case, innocent victims in smaller cars who are hit by these large machines typically suffer extreme personal and physical destruction. The tragedy seems even worse when it is discovered that the crash was caused by a negligent truck driver.
If you or anyone you know has suffered at the hands of a semi driver who has not driven carefully or abided by traffic laws, please contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.