The fatal vehicle incident occurred on an off-ramp to the Stevenson highway (I-55). Construction crews were working on the ramp in the area where the highway crosses Harlem Avenue in southwest suburb Forest View. The presence of the construction workers made it dangerous for large semi trucks to navigate. Because of that, signs were clearly posted at the intersection declaring that no right turns were allowed for trucks.
However, truck driver Milan Tomasevic either did not see that sign or ignored its message when he approached the area this weekend. Tomasevic was driving a semi from Chicago’s G&S Expedited Freight when he made the right turn. He ultimately cut the turn too sharp. The truck driver did not leave enough room and caught a construction worker, 33 year old Aurelio Rosales, in between the trailer and the metal barricade dividing highway lanes. Aurelio was only four minutes from the end of his shift when he found himself crushed by the careless truck driver.
Aurelio was rushed to a local hospital, but was reported dead shortly after arrival.
No word yet on whether the truck driver will face more severe criminal charges from his negligence. Illinois law allows for jail time of up to 14 years and a fine of $10,000 for anyone who kills a construction worker in a construction zone.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand the deadly consequences often felt when large vehicles disobey clear traffic orders. The risks of driving are high enough, even when drivers maintain appropriate care. However, when clear warnings signs are ignored, the risk of injury increases exponentially. It is therefore imperative to hold all extremely negligent truck drivers accountable for their errors. It is only then that we can work to ensure future victims are spared.