Readers in Edwardsville and the St. Louis area likely know how fragile life can be. One moment can seem so secure and filled with possibility, while the next is devastating. Too often, reckless or negligent behavior leads to catastrophe, altering lives forever, and the families of lost loved ones are left to pick up the pieces. These facts are painfully true for the family of a 38-year-old St. Louis woman who died tragically when she was hit by an intoxicated driver.
Recently, Illinois residents gathered to share stories and artifacts relating to the Orient 2 mining disaster, which occurred 60 years ago in December and claimed the lives of 119 miners. The stories from relatives and survivors were heart-wrenching both because of the severity of the disaster, which occurred as a result of a shaft explosion, and the heroism of rescue workers, who reportedly returned time and again to search for brother miners trapped by the blast. Readers of this blog may be interested in comparing this workplace disaster with more recent workplace accidents, perhaps noting that negligence and failure on the part of inspectors is something that still causes serious injuries and wrongful death.
A Belleville, Illinois, man has pled guilty in a deadly drunk driving car accident that left one man dead and another seriously injured. The accident happened Dec. 10, 2010. The man's guilty plea was accepted in St. Clair County Circuit Court. The driver of the car, a 19-year-old man, pleaded to reckless homicide as well as aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. The man injured in the car accident was a passenger in the accused man's vehicle.
Riding in a car as a passenger is often just as much of a risk as driving yourself. The family of a young man is grieving after he died in a car accident just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. The 22-year-old man was a passenger in the car when it crashed.