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March 2013 Archives

Victim's BAC level is out of bounds

A 23-year-old woman from Bloomington, Illinois, was hoping to introduce evidence of a victim's blood alcohol content level during a trial's opening statements, but a judge ruled that this information could not be presented at this point. The woman was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, failing to report an accident with injury, operating a vehicle without insurance and failing to reduce speed after causing the car accident that led to the death of another woman.The female victim was 21 years old at the time of the fatal accident. She was walking near the intersection of Main Street and Washington Street in Bloomington. As she and her friend were crossing the street, the driver ran a red light and hit them. The driver reportedly went home after the accident and was later found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.265 and had tested positive for marijuana. The pedestrian had a blood alcohol level of 0.119, according to the coroner's report.

Victim helps cops nab hit-and-run suspect

An Aurora man was recently charged with a hit-and-run accident after the victim driving the car that was struck helped with the investigation. Police were able to find the registered owner of the vehicle by using the tag number provided by the victim and subsequently obtained a warrant for his arrest. The suspect had been staying with friends and family in the DuPage County area. They confirmed that at the time of the October 2012 car accident, he was driving the vehicle to which the plates had been matched. The 33-year-old did not stay at the scene, nor did he inform the vehicle's owner that he had been in an accident after returning it.

Illinois woman faces charges after fatal accident

A 25-year-old woman died from multiple blunt force traumas when the car that she was a passenger in crashed in a single-car accident on Illinois State Route 251 by the intersection of County Road 900 North in El Paso, Illinois, on Feb. 23. It is alleged that the car accident was caused by the 29-year-old driver's being intoxicated, speeding and changing lanes improperly. Upon entering the intersection of County Road 900 North and Illinois State Route 251, the car crashed and caused the 25-year-old passenger to be ejected. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Three of the other occupants were injured in the accident. 

Firefighters rescue man injured working at local hospital's roof

An Illinois construction worker working on the roof of a Naperville hospital was injured on the job in an accident on Feb. 20. The man was working on a fourth story roof of the building in the morning hours when construction material landed on him.A firefighter on the scene of the accident said that the man fell when the material hit him, but he did not fall all the way to the ground floor. An emergency rescue crew had to use a construction ladder as well as a Stokes basket attached to a construction crane in order to rescue him and lower him to safety. Altogether, sources state that the rescue effort took about 30 or 40 minutes to complete and required the efforts of a specialized rescue team. The man was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for his work-related injuries.

Shorewood woman seriously injured in crash on I-55

On Feb. 13 at approximately 8:30 a.m., a 34-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle when she was cut off by another driver on Interstate 55. The car subsequently careened into a ditch, rolling at least once before coming to rest. As a result of the car accident, the Shorewood resident was trapped within her vehicle and had to be extricated from her car.The car that caused the accident was a tan vehicle. No other information was released. The victim was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment of her serious injuries.

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