A member of the North Chicago Police Department was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in Chicago after an accident that killed two college students. The officer was placed on administrative leave as soon as the North Chicago department was notified that he was in custody of the Chicago police. However, nothing was said about this motor vehicle accident at the most recent City Council meeting. The main topics on the agenda were the high school winning basketball team, discussion of purchasing police cars and honoring a police dog.
This North Chicago Police Dept. has had many difficulties over the past few years with wrongful death lawsuits and allegations of misconduct by police officers. There have also been allegations of racism and use of unreasonable force in arrests. These problems may have been what caused people attending this meeting to speak up about the incident during the public forum and wonder about the possible liability of the city.
The officer charged in the accident was reportedly returning home from Chicago where he was alleged to have driven the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive. While traveling at a reported 60 mph, the officer crashed into two vehicles. The accident occurred around 4 a.m. The Chicago police have charged him in this accident involving alcohol. The officer is presently in the hospital after the accident.
The fact that charges have been made against this Illinois police officer can be important to him being liable in a civil suit for wrongful death brought by the families of the victims. Victims of drivers that were intoxicated before getting behind the wheel may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and may want to speak with a personal injury attorney.
Source: Lake County News-Sun, "City council quiet on cop's arrest in fatal DUI, but residents speak up," Judy Masterson, March 19, 2013