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Wreck kills man; other driver tests positive for alcohol and PCP

One driver is dead and another is facing charges of aggravated driving under the influence resulting in a death and reckless homicide after a deadly late night rampage in Brighton Park on July 5.

According to prosecutors in Cook County, the female motorist, 39, admitted to police that she was drinking alcohol prior to the accident that fatally injured the other driver.

Media reports indicate that responding officers found three bottles of Grey Goose vodka on the floor of the passenger seating area of her car. Additionally, she told police she had drunk Four Loko, a flavored malt beverage with an alcohol volume as high as 12 percent. Toxicology tests done at the hospital where she was treated for injuries from the wreck were positive for PCP usage.

The woman claimed that she and her boyfriend were arguing before the fatal collision that happened where 44th Street intersects with California, the arrest report stated. She was speeding through a residential area on California at speeds approaching 90 mph before blowing through the stop sign at 44th and driving into traffic and striking the vehicle driven by the victim, 28.

Upon impact, the man's car hit a light pole and a bus stop sign. It eventually jumped the curb, slinging debris through the window of a local business while the woman sped off. She hit a parked car, sending it careening into two nearby houses, and damaged two other unoccupied vehicles in the area.

The other driver had to be extricated from the wreckage. He was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Both the woman and her boyfriend were treated for injuries at a local medical facility before she was booked into jail on the aforementioned charges. Bail was set at $300,000.

A Cook County assistant state's attorney claimed that she had previously been convicted on drug charges and had a suspended license when the accident occurred.

When a person is charged criminally in an accident that injures or kills others, regardless of the outcome of those charges, that person can still be held civilly liable for the damage caused.

Source: FOX32 Chicago, "Prosecutor: Woman drinking, had PCP in system before deadly crash," July 08, 2016

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