Erick Ervin Killed, Two Others Injured in Deadly I-72 Crash in Macon County, IL
Illinois State Police have identified Erick Ervin as the driver who was killed in a multi-vehicle crash along Interstate 72 on Wednesday night. Two others were reportedly injured.
According to state police, the crash occurred on August 5 on I-72 near milepost 150. Ervin, 32, was the driver of a service truck that was assisting a broken-down semi-truck on the side of the road. Another semi rear-ended the broken-down vehicle, which then struck the service truck and injured Ervin.
Ervin was critically injured in the collision. He was airlifted to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The driver of the semi-truck that set off the collision, identified as Shawn Morrison of Springfield, reportedly suffered serious injuries and was also taken to an area hospital. The driver of the broken-down vehicle, identified as Andrii Shvabskyi of Macomb, MI, was hospitalized with unspecified injuries.
State police confirmed that Morrison will face charges for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and a Scott’s Law violation for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. Under Illinois law, all drivers are required to slow down and move over if possible when approaching an emergency vehicle.
Since preliminary reports indicate that Morrison was liable in the collision, Erick Ervin’s family may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. With the help of an attorney, the families of wrongful death victims can seek compensation for loss of companionship, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
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