An Illinois man has been convicted on four charges ranging from disorderly conduct to aggravated DUI. The bench trial lasted for four days. His next court appearance, on April 22, is a pre-sentencing hearing, and he could find himself in prison for a maximum of 29 years.
According to authorities, the motor vehicle accident started with road rage on June 13, 2012. The man got angry with a teenage driver and began driving erratically and following her car. He decided to make a left turn, which resulted in him driving into oncoming traffic.
His vehicle struck a motorcycle and its owner. The owner died of injuries that resulted from the crash. The DUI suspect left the scene of the accident despite having injuries as well. Authorities apprehended him a short time later, and he was taken to a hospital for treatment. Marijuana and cocaine were found in his system. The teenage driver was not involved in the deadly crash.
The loss of a loved one due to a fatal drunk driving accident can be difficult for families to cope with. Jail sentences are not enough for some families, and they can choose to pursue wrongful death compensation. Death can leave an accident victim's family with unpaid debts, emotional distress, funeral expenses and more. Insurance companies could make settlement offers to the survivors of a deadly crash. Family members may benefit from speaking with an attorney that specializes in wrongful death cases. Attorneys may determine if a settlement offer is fair. They can also help determine the types of compensation a family needs to pursue in petitions to the courts.
Source: Plainfield Patch, "Plainfield Man Guilty in Road Rage DUI Death," Shannon Antinori, March 27, 2013