Over the weekend two children were killed when a driver rear ended the vehicle in which they were traveling. The driver was fleeing the scene of another accident in which he was involved. Joey Chavez, 36, was driving on a suspended license and speeding when his 2003 Mercury Mountaineer crashed into a car at the intersection of 43rd street and Western Avenue on Saturday, The Chicago Tribune reports. Chavez fled the scene of the accident at a high rate of speed and ran a red light at 45th street where he rear ended a 1997 Dodge Neon, killing 5 year old Eric Ochoa and his sister, 10-month-old Julissa Ochoa. Bernice Cabrera, 22, and mother of the children suffered a broken collarbone. Their father Eric Ochoa, 23, was listed in critical condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital with spinal injuries. It was reported Monday that due to the severity of his condition Eric Ochoa had not been told his children did not survive the crash. Tests conducted at Stroger Hospital of Cook County determined Joey Chavez had opiates and PCP in his system. Chavez has seven felony convictions on his record. It’s unfortunate that such a reckless driver was able to get on the road and cause the loss of two lives. Whenever an auto accident causes damage the victim should not have to pay. It is important to know your legal rights. If you have been involved in an auto accident contact Chicago personal injury attorneys Zneimer & Zneimer P.C for a free personal injury consultation.
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