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Crime & Courts

Lawsuit filed in fatal Peace Road crash

Rachel Jimenez and her son, Isaac, were both injured in a crash Jan. 24 on Peace Road near Pleasant Street, which led to Jimenez's death at a Rockford hospital.
Rachel Jimenez and her son, Isaac, were both injured in a crash Jan. 24 on Peace Road near Pleasant Street, which led to Jimenez's death at a Rockford hospital.

SYCAMORE – The father of a boy hurt in a Jan. 24 crash on Peace Road, which led to the death of the boy’s mother, is suing the driver accused of causing the crash, court records show.

Francisco Jimenez of the 3400 block of Foxhill Road has filed a lawsuit against Kevin D. Taylor, 48, of the 600 block of Walnut Avenue in Maple Park, who police said tried to pass another vehicle on Peace Road south of Pleasant Street, near DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, causing the crash.

Jimenez’s suit says Taylor, who was traveling north in a black 2007 Mustang, was driving too fast and used the wrong lane when he caused the crash. The suit, filed April 4, cited the child’s pain, suffering and disfigurement and is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.

DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato said Thursday that his office still is working with law enforcement to determine whether criminal charges can be filed.

According to a GoFundMe page set up to help the family with medical expenses, the boy’s mother, Rachel Jimenez, who was driving a Toyota south when the crash happened, died days later at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. The page more than doubled its $5,000 goal, raising more than $10,500 for medical expenses, thanks to 192 donors.

The case is due back in court at 9 a.m. July 10.

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