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Illinois man facing aggravated DUI charges in drowning deaths

On Aug. 25, a 21-year-old man pleaded not guilty in a DuPage County court to nine total counts of aggravated DUI stemming from a fatal accident in Naperville. If convicted, the man may receive a prison sentence of six to 28 years, reportedly.

According to court documents, the man admitted to drinking in excess of nine alcoholic beverages just before the fatal incident, which occurred in the early morning hours of July 20. Moreover, marijuana was present in his system at the time of the accident, officials allege.

After leaving a Naperville bar at around 1:30 a.m., the man was driving a white Chevrolet Impala along Aurora Avenue with two male passengers when the car left the roadway, rolled down an embankment and landed in Quarry Lake, where it sank to the bottom. The two passengers, both 21, did not survive the accident but drowned, officials reported.

Purportedly, the Impala was traveling at a high rate of speed immediately prior to the accident. According to authorities, the 21-year-old driver's blood alcohol content level was .14 percent, exceeding the legal limit of .08 percent. Police discovered a marijuana pipe in his pocket, authorities reported.

If there is compelling evidence in this case that the accident was caused by a negligent driver, then the families of the deceased men may wish to pursue civil action against that driver. That is because certain family members of people who die in auto accidents caused by another party's negligence may be entitled to compensation for the economic damages they suffered in connection with the fatal incident.

By retaining a lawyer and filing a wrongful death claim, bereaved family members may seek restitution for the expenses associated with their loved one's funeral service and estate administration. Moreover, they may seek lost earnings and other pecuniary losses related to the sudden death of their loved one.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "More charges in drowning deaths of car passengers in Naperville", Clifford Ward, August 25, 2014

Source: Chicago Tribune, "More charges in drowning deaths of car passengers in Naperville", Clifford Ward, August 25, 2014

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