In February, four people were killed and one critically injured in a three-vehicle crash in Des Plaines, Illinois.
At the time of the fatal crash, police said the driver of a Mercedes was traveling in excess of 100 mph when he slammed into a Chevy Impala as it was turning in to a parking lot. The impact sent the Impala spinning nearly 200 feet, crashing into a Toyota Highlander. The impact was so severe nearly four feet of the front of the car was blown apart, according to reports. A couple and their 20-year-old daughter inside the Impala were killed. The couple leaves behind a 10-year-old son and a 15-year-old daughter. The driver of the Mercedes was also killed in the crash; his passenger survived with a traumatic brain injury. Two people in the Toyota suffered minor injuries.
An investigation later revealed that the Mercedes driver was actually driving 135 mph, and toxicology results showed he had a blood alcohol content almost three-times the legal limit. It was also determined that he had received at least nine tickets for speeding and other offenses in the past five years. Despite his license being suspended four times, he managed to narrowly avoid automatic revocation.