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Illinois man enters guilty plea mid-trial

An Illinois man facing DUI charges in connection with an accident that killed a Trenton woman pleaded guilty mid-trial in Madison County Circuit Court on July 19. The man was facing multiple charges in relation to the fatal drunk driving accident. He pleaded guilty to two of the four DUI charges: aggravated DUI resulting in great bodily harm and resulting in death. According to the Madison County State's Attorney's Office, he will be sentenced to serve 42 months in prison for each count, and the sentences will run concurrently.

The accident occurred on February 16, 2010, when the man crashed his Ford F-150 head-on in to a Dodge Dakota truck on Illinois 160 near Highland road. The driver of the Dakota was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. A passenger in the truck sustained critical injuries.

The man has received two DUI charges within the last seven years. He had been arrested after running a flashing red light, he was also charged with attempting to elude police. The DUI charge was dismissed later. Two years prior to the crash, he had refused to submit to a blood alcohol test after being stopped in Will County. In that case, he received a judicial driving permit so that he could continue driving.

In this situation, the man's guilty plea may make it easier for the woman's family to obtain a settlement if they decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Families who have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident may be entitled to compensation for their loss. An Illinois personal injury attorney may be able to provide advice and assistance.

Source: BND.com, "Aviston man pleads guilty mid-trial in fatal DUI case", Elizabeth Donald, July 19, 2013

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