An Illinois man will be sentenced in December 2013 following his guilty plea for charges stemming from an April 2013 crash. The fatal drunk driving accident claimed the life of an 18-year-old high school senior.
The female victim was a passenger in the 32-year-old Warrenville man's vehicle on the night he lost control and crashed at around 10:32 p.m. near Mack and Schaffner roads near Winfield. Following the crash, the victim was taken to a nearby hospital where she died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. The driver was also treated for non life-threatening injuries. Investigators spent several hours reconstructing the crash in an effort to learn details. As a result, the driver was charged the day after and held on a $1 million bail.
The driver was charged with two counts of aggravated DUI involving death as a result of the accident. Reports indicate the driver's blood alcohol content exceeded the .08 legal limit. After spending nearly 6 months in jail following his arrest, the man accepted a plea agreement that would limit his jail sentence to a maximum of 8 years.
Many people who have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident are so overwhelmed with grief that they often times don't immediately realize the other things they may need to settle, like legal and medical bills, along with other financial matters. An attorney may be able to assist families of victims in a variety of ways. The families of the deceased may be entitled to financial compensation as a result of an accident, and an attorney representing the families may be able to assist in pursuing a claim.
Source: Wheaton Patch, "Plea Deal Taken in DUI Crash That Killed WWS Senior", Charlotte Erikson, October 19, 2013