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Caleb A. Sullivan Identified as Pedestrian Killed in Car Crash Champaign, IL

Authorities in Champaign, IL, have identified 24-year-old Caleb A. Sullivan as the pedestrian who died after being hit by a vehicle on Interstate 74 early Saturday morning. 

According to Illinois State Police, the accident occurred just before 1:00 a.m. on July 4 in the eastbound lanes of I-74 near mile marker 185. For reasons that are unclear, Sullivan was walking in the eastbound lanes at University Avenue when he was struck by a Kia Sportage. He suffered critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. His autopsy was scheduled for the following day, according to the county coroner's office. 

The driver of the Kia, identified as Barbara Grayum of Belvedere, was hospitalized with minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.  

It is unclear if Grayum, 53, will face any charges or citations for the incident. State police didn’t say what Sullivan was doing on the interstate. The investigation is ongoing. 

Pedestrian accidents are a serious problem in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated for injuries in 2017, and almost 6,000 pedestrians lost their lives. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than the occupants of vehicles to be killed in an auto accident. 

As the investigation continues, Caleb A. Sullivan’s family may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. With the help of an attorney, the family of a wrongful death victim can legally seek compensation for loss of companionship, funeral expenses, and emotional distress. 

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