When three juvenile hikers in Lake County, IN went out for a walk, the last thing they likely thought they would do is help solve a missing person’s case.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, three hikers went out on a Sunday morning and came across a gold 2010 Toyota Prius that had crashed into a tree at 20303 W. Winchester Rd. One of the hikers believed that there was a body inside of the vehicle which prompted them to call the police.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found that the car was about a half mile south of Winchester Road and about a third of a mile east of Route 83. That vehicle had been reported missing from north suburban Round Lake earlier in the month of March and inside there was, in fact, a body. The coroner’s office confirmed that it was 76-year-old Dale Krope, the man who was reported missing earlier in the month. The missing person alert had mentioned that Krope may have been on his way to an appointment at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
Police later determined that Krope was traveling east on Winchester Road near Route 83 when his Toyota veered south. It went into a field and struck a tree. The preliminary results of an autopsy that was conducted revealed that Krope died from multiple injuries he sustained in the crash. Police did not report what caused Krope’s vehicle to veer off the roadway, however, toxicology results were pending.
The fact is, as individuals age, tasks that once seemed simple, begin to carry a significant amount of risk with them. Driving, walking, and doing day to day chores in the house become more dangerous for senior citizens to do which is why you are encouraged to help your loved one with these tasks whenever possible.
How can you help your elderly loved one from engaging in an accident?
When it becomes difficult for a loved one to drive, whether it is because their reaction time is slower, or they are unable to see as clearly as they once could, it might be time to look into relying on other forms of transportation. In 2015, more than 6,800 older adults were killed and more than 260,00 were treated in emergency departments for motor vehicle crash injuries [Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention].
Rather than allow a senior citizen to drive and risk their life, perhaps they can take advantage of the Northwest Indiana Community Action that offers door-to-door transportation for senior citizens who need to get around. If your loved one lives in Lake County, IN and is interested in taking advantage of this assistance, their contact information is provided below:
South Lake County Community Services
1450 East Joliet Street, Suite 202
Crown Point, IN 46307
Aside from driving, house chores also become riskier than they were before, so you may also look into hiring a maid or a caretaker who can assist your loved one with these tasks. The point is, as much as senior citizens find it difficult to let go of their independence, they are much better off receiving help then placing themselves at risk of getting into an accident and injuring themselves.
If you have a loved one who was involved in a recent accident and need to speak with a Lake County, IN accident lawyer, USAttorneys.com would be glad to assist you with finding someone who can help you. Your loved one might be entitled to collect compensation for the pain they are experiencing and possibly even enough so that they are able to enlist the help of a caretaker so that a similar accident doesn’t occur again.