Posted On: November 22, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Tractor-Trailer Crash Kills 80-Year-Old Man

Police have identified the 80-year-old man who was injured in an Illinois tractor-trailer crash on Saturday as Robert W. Schaefer. The Granite City man was at the intersection of Illinois 3 and West Chain of Rocks Road when the large truck struck him. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

There was no intersection at the area where Schaefer crossed the street. However, according to witnesses, the semi-truck was stopped at a red light when the elderly pedestrian started crossing. The truck then moved into the intersection as the light turned green and struck Schaefer. The trucker said he never saw him. According to, Police are investigating the cause of the Illinois semi-truck accident but that criminal charges are not expected.

In other Illinois truck accident news, a mother is suing Beelman Trucking Co. and trucker Kevin L. Kuepfer for injuries she and her son sustained during a Lebanon collision. Antwynette Golliday says that the truck operator failed to swerve or stop to avoid crashing into her vehicle on US Highway 50 and was unable to stay in control of his truck. She contends that Kuepfer was operating his truck at a speed faster than what conditions required, did not maintain adequate brakes, and failed to keep a proper lookout.

Golliday, who says that she and her son sustained serious injuries and suffered severe anguish and pain, is seeking over $50,000 of four counts each against the truck operator and Beelman.

Man dies after being hit by truck in Granite City, STL Today, November 19, 2010

Mother, child injured in truck collision , The Record, November 18, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Trucking Accidents: Common Causes & Liability, Nolo

Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics

Chicago, Truck Accidents
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