The balloons have deflated and the candles lay askew on the ground, but the wound on the tree from the recent tragic car crash in West Ridge, Illinois is still fresh. The above picture is looking east on the Chicago side of Howard. It looks like the tree will heal from the damage from the car which wrapped itself around it last week. This is not a large tree, it is a smaller medium sized specimen which speaks to the amazing inertia of these stationary living beings.
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In Illinois they have something called a graduated drivers license set up in the hopes of preventing accidents like the one that took place here. CBS reported on this crash which took place a week ago Tuesday on March 28th. There were four passengers; three were 19 years old and one was 17 years old. The driver who was pronounced dead at the scene ( DNAinfo.com reported ) he was only 18 years old. He was just old enough to not follow the restrictions of the graduated drivers licence in Illinois. As a 16 or 17 year old you are prohibited from driving past 10 or 11 pm. The most important restriction is as follows.
For the first 12 months of licensing, or until the driver turns 18, whichever occurs first, the number of passengers is limited to one person under age 20, unless the passenger(s) is a sibling, stepsibling, child or stepchild of the driver. After this period, the number of passengers is limited to one in the front seat and the number of safety belts in the back seat.