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A driver was killed in a crash Friday in northwest suburban Arlington Heights.

A red SUV was northbound on Arlington Heights Road just before 4 p.m. when the driver tried to turn left onto Hintz Road on a yellow light, according to a statement from Arlington Heights police. A southbound yellow compact car went straight through the intersection on the yellow light and hit the SUV as it turned.

The driver of the SUV was unresponsive at the scene, police said. Paramedics took the driver to a hospital, but the person was pronounced dead.

Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office have not released the driver’s age, gender or identity.

The crash caused “significant damage” to both vehicles, police said. The driver of the yellow car was checked out by paramedics at the scene but was not taken to a hospital. There were no passengers in either vehicle and no other injuries were reported.

The intersection of Hintz and Arlington Heights roads was partially closed for investigation until 9:30 p.m., police said.

The Major Case Assistance Team and the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team are assisting with the investigation.



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Kobe Bryant lawsuit: Vanessa Bryant submits wrongful death claim over helicopter crash that killed Kobe and Gianna

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LOS ANGELES — Vanessa Bryant is suing the company involved in the helicopter crash that killed Kobe and Gianna Bryant last month.

Kobe and Gianna were among 9 people killed in the crash.

The wrongful death claim was submitted Monday morning, the day of the public memorial service for Kobe and Gianna.

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In the claim, Bryant’s attorney alleges Ara Zobayan “failed to properly monitor and assess the weather prior to takeoff.””

The lawsuit also alleges “he failed to obtain proper weather data” prior to the flight.

The claim also names Zobayan’s estate as a defendant.

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New Illinois Law Gives Patients Equal Access to Cancer Clinical Trials – NBC Chicago

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It’s been 16 years since she beat colorectal cancer, but Candace Henley is still emotional about all she endured.

“I myself was homeless going through cancer, so I know all too well that financial toxicity can have on your life,” Henley said. “No one saw me. I fell through the cracks. I lost everything and had to claw my way back. I know what that feels like.”

Now a patient advocate, Henley was in the audience at the University of Chicago Medical Center Monday to learn more about a new law in Illinois aimed at increasing minority participation in clinical trials for cancer patients. A national study found that families making less than $50,000 a year are 30 percent less likely to enroll in a clinical trial.

“This is medical injustice,” Congressman Bobby Rush said at the news conference.  

A cancer survivor himself, Rush spoke about his role in advocating for the state legislation that allows third parties to reimburse patients for out of pocket travel expenses, like parking. The Lazarex Cancer Foundation is the only nationwide non-profit that assists patients with finding clinical trials and reimburses them for the out of pocket travel costs involved in getting to those clinical trials.

“Reimbursement creates a platform of parity and does not enrich an individual, but enables them,” said Dana Dornsife, Founder of Lazarex Cancer Foundation.

While Lazarex helps some Chicago patients currently, the foundation is working with both Northwestern University Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center to help expand the program to help 1,000 new patients each year.

“These efforts bringing the science, the current developments to our patients in all areas of the city, should and, I believe, will make a big difference,” said Dr. Leonidas Platanias, director of Northwestern University Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“By eliminating some of the barriers, like transportation, we believe we will be able to enroll a more diverse population,” said Dr. Michelle LeBeau, director of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Henley believes more diversity is badly needed.

“Eighty percent of clinical trial samples are European, so when it comes to clinical samples, we don’t know if they work or not,” Henley said.

If the program is implemented correctly, Henley believes it could be life-saving for those in Chicago’s underserved communities.

Lazarex Cancer Foundation is
currently looking for a Chicago-based pharmaceutical company to provide
financial support, which would help expand the program to more patients.





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