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Fatal Iroquois County crash brings wrongful death lawsuits

Two wrongful death lawsuits have been filed in Iroquois County in connection with the July 23rd traffic crash that killed 59-year-old David Senesac of Watseka.

Named as defendants in the suits are the parent of a 17-year-old arrested for DUI. The un-named teen allegedly ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed in rural Crescent City. The resulting crash killed Senesac and critically injured Senesac's six-year-old grandson.

The DUI case against the teen is under investigation. State's Attorney Jim Devine said criminal charges against the youth will be considered once the state police crime lab completes toxicology tests. The teen, who is not identified pending the results of the investigation, could be tried as an adult.

Devine said the Senesac family is aware and has been informed of the ongoing investigation.

The Senesac family filed the two wrongful death lawsuits against the teen's family. One suit is on behalf of Senesac's widow, Terecia Senesac, which seeks an unspecified amount to provide for her. A second suit cites the family of the six-year-old grandson, who remains in a medically-induced coma and could suffer permanent consequences.

The suits do not list any specified amounts in damages.

94.1 WGFA