More charges have been authorized in the case of an 18-year-old man who was speeding when he lost control of his vehicle and hit another vehicle, killing a 65-year-old woman. The car that the teen was driving had been stolen three days before the accident. Initially, the teen was only charged with speeding and a DUI. After further investigation, he was additionally charged with aggravated driving under the influence of drugs involving death, aggravated driving under the influence of drugs involving great bodily harm, aggravated reckless driving and reckless homicide. The woman's husband was critically injured in the car accident as well.
According to Rockford County police, the teen was speeding along Spring Creek Road around 5:00 p.m., heading east under the interchange when the stolen black Hyundai Elantra crossed over the median and into the lane of oncoming traffic. It hit a Chrysler head on before also hitting a Buick. The people inside the Buick were expected to be okay.
The teen was released from the hospital and transported to jail where he is being held on a one million dollar bond. He made his first court appearance on Oct. 7. He is still listed as being in serious condition. He may also have to face a civil lawsuit in addition to the criminal charges that he faces. The surviving family members of the deceased woman could choose to try to get compensation for her death.
Personal injury lawyers could be able to help family members wage their wrongful death lawsuits. They might be able to launch their own investigations into the causes of accidents and then help claimants secure settlements for their claims from defendants' insurance companies.
Source: WIFR, "UPDATE: Additional Charges Authorized in Deadly Crash", Marissa Sherer, October 01, 2013