An 18-year-old Warrenville woman was killed in a car accident on the evening of April 25 when the SUV in which she was riding as a passenger rolled over. The driver, a 31-year-old male, was later charged with driving under the influence. After being transported to a local hospital from the scene of the accident, the female passenger died from the injuries she received in the car accident. The driver was also transported to the hospital for minor injuries.
The male driver of the vehicle was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated DUI, deemed a Class 2 felony and punishable by imprisonment for up to seven years. Bond was set at $1 million. The attorney general released a statement extending condolences to the female passenger's family and while urging the public to avoid driving after drinking alcohol.
Details of the crash investigation revealed that the driver had a blood alcohol level that registered higher than the 0.08 legal limit. The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and swerved off the road, crashing into trees. The road on which the accident took place was closed for approximately five hours as investigators worked to reconstruct the collision.
Families of victims who are involved in DUI accidents may struggle as they attempt to assist their injured family member or grieve the loss of their deceased loved one. Consulting a lawyer with experience in wrongful death cases can help families better understand their options for filing a claim if the fatality was the result of the other driver's negligent or reckless behavior.
Source: Wheaton Patch, "UPDATE: Warrenville Man Charged in Deadly Car Crash Held on $1 Million Bond", Charles Menchaca, April 26, 2013