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Illinois driver kills woman, makes partial plea deal

A young Illinois woman will soon accept a prison sentence for causing an automobile accident that killed one person and injured others. Assessments proved that the 23-year-old driver was under the influence of both bath salts and marijuana at the time of the incident, which led to her being charged with aggravated driving under the influence (DUI).

The driver also faced two other charges including possession of marijuana for marijuana-containing substances allegedly confiscated from her vehicle. However, the motorist entered into a limited plea deal with the county attorney's office and pleaded guilty only to the aggravated DUI charge, which amounts to a three to 10-year prison sentence. This punishment is a significantly shorter one than the motorist could have received under all three charges.

The negligent driver found herself facing legal charges after she veered into approaching traffic while driving under the influence and collided head-on with a male motorist. The male driver was injured and required emergency medical attention, and his wife was killed in the accident. The impaired driver and her two passengers also received medical treatment following the crash.

A local news outlet reported that the woman still needs to finalize her sentence in court. News officials did not say whether the husband of the woman killed in the accident plans to sue the impaired driver for his wife's death or his own injuries. In vehicle accident cases where someone is injured or wrongfully killed, the victims or their families may decide to take legal action and sue the wrongdoer. Every personal injury and wrongful death case is different, but in general the person responsible for causing the accident may owe financial compensation to the victims for their medical bills and suffering. A personal injury attorney may be of a helpful resource for those families considering filing wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: Journal Star, "Chillicothe woman pleads guilty in fatal crash Jessica Watkins caused accident while under influence of bath salts", Laura Nightengale, July 24, 2013

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