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2 charged in fatal hit-and-run

Two people were arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident, which occurred on an Illinois roadway on Jan. 18. The accident took the life of a 65-year-old female pedestrian. A Des Plaines man, 18, was charged with driving under the influence and possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver. His female companion, also 18, faces charges of cannabis possession as well as intent to deliver. Investigators found a sealed bag containing 27 grams of marijuana in the vehicle.

According to police, the young man was high as he was driving his 2002 Chevrolet on the 300 block of Greenwood Avenue when he struck the woman with his vehicle at approximately 11:20 a.m. Authorities found her lying in a drainage ditch along the west side of the road. An ambulance took her to the hospital where medical personnel pronounced her dead. The car was found on the east side of the highway in a drainage area. Both the driver and his passenger denied medical attention at the scene; however, he tested positive for Benzodiazepine and THC.

The Cook County sheriff charged both the driver and his female companion on Jan. 25. The woman was released on her own recognizance with electronic monitoring after having received a $20,000 I-bond; however, the driver's bond was set at $270,000. The car accident remains under investigation.

Motorists in Illinois are responsible for remaining sober and taking every precaution to ensure that they are driving carefully. Unfortunately, the young man was allegedly driving under the influence when he struck the female pedestrian with his vehicle and kept on going. The pedestrian's family may choose to seek monetary compensation for damages.

Source: The Bugle, "Two charged in fatal Glenview accident", Alex V. Hernandez, January 25, 2014

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