The authorities in Will County, Illinois have stated that the 27-year-old driver involved in a fatal traffic crash has pleaded guilty regarding his charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol. The fatal accident that occurred in 2011 resulted in the deaths of two elderly women. The man had been said to be driving near Peotone on August 28 when he moved into oncoming traffic.
After entering the oncoming traffic lanes, the man is said to have collided head-on with another vehicle. The vehicle that was struck was driven by a 72-year-old female resident of Rolling Meadows with her 92-year-old mother as a passenger. Both of the women were killed during the motor vehicle accident.
According to the prosecution, the blood alcohol level of the man was found to have been .092 percent; the legal driving limit in Illinois is .08 percent. The prosecution also alleged that the driver was found to have been on opiates at the time of the accident. The man is facing up to 28 years in prison but, as of July 9, he had not yet been sentenced.
The driver in this accident was found to have have been responsible for the deaths of the two women. The family of the women may choose to pursue a wrongful death claim against this driver. Such a claim, if successful, would allow the family to be compensated for the loss of the lives of their valued family members as well as to receive compensation for costs associated with their deaths. An attorney with experience in automobile accident injuries and death may be able to help in filing such a suit.
Source: BND.com, "Man involved in fatal crash pleads to felony DUI ", July 09, 2013