$6M Awarded in Fatal Illinois Crash

April 24, 2012

An Illinois judge has awarded more than $6 million to the family of a 17-year-old Loves Park girl killed by a drunk driver.

Judge Edward Prochaska awarded the money to the family of Amanda Kordich. She was a Harlem High School student when she was killed in July 2008 in an accident involving driver Wesley Hanson.

The judge called Hanson’s actions “the definition of willful and wanton misconduct.”

Hanson is serving a nine-year prison sentence and isn’t expected to be paroled until 2016. He didn’t have insurance when the accident happened. Under the civil judgment, his future wages will be garnished.

The teen’s mother, Diane Kordich, says she hopes the award will send a message that drinking and driving won’t be tolerated in this county.

Latest Comments

  • April 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm
    SB Agent says:
    Chances are the guy will work for someone "under the table" and will pay nothing.
  • April 25, 2012 at 11:43 am
    seescott says:
    Actually the jugdement makes sense when you think about it. See, should this guy ever win the lottery, inherit a fortune, or become very successful with a career down the roa... read more
  • April 25, 2012 at 11:17 am
    Water Bug says:
    My Dad worked for an oil company in the Middle East some time ago. He lived in a small village for Americans and they were not allowed to drive themselves around; they had a l... read more
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