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Police say construction worker killed by underage drunk driver

A worker at an Illinois construction site was killed when an alleged drunk driver crashed his vehicle at the site. The accident happened on June 21 in Chicago's Southwest Side. According to prosecutors, the driver is a 19-year-old man who had a blood alcohol content of 0.191 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit for adults in Illinois.

The construction worker who was killed was an Indiana resident who originally lived in Mexico. Family members said he leaves behind four children, two grandchildren and his elderly mother. Two passengers in the car were also injured in the crash and were taken to hospitals for treatment.

The driver was injured and taken to the hospital as well. He was charged with aggravated DUI resulting in accidental death and felony reckless homicide in a construction zone. In addition, he was charged with failure to have or carry a driver's license, having no insurance, failure to reduce speed and improper lane usage. He was still hospitalized on June 22 and could not appear in court. However, reports indicate that he was denied bail on that day.

The information supporting the criminal allegations against the driver might also be entered as evidence in a civil case if the family members of the deceased man choose to file a wrongful death claim. When a negligent driver is apparently responsible for an accident that injured or killed another person, he or she may be held liable for damages stemming from the incident. An attorney could help the plaintiffs build a case and might present that case in settlement negotiations or in court.

Source: NBC Chicago, "Teen Charged With DUI in Crash That Killed Construction Worker ", June 23, 2014

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