Prosecutors in Illinois say that a driver was intoxicated when he caused a fatal one-car accident on Oct. 11. The wreck took place on the south side of Chicago while the accused man was driving at excessive speeds. At the time of the crash, the man reportedly had no valid driver's license due to three past convictions for DUI.
The deadly car accident occurred while the accused man was driving a Dodge Intrepid that belonged to his girlfriend. After the driver lost control of the vehicle along South Chicago Avenue, the car collided with a light pole. The vehicle's only passenger, a 44-year-old man, was ejected from the car after his right arm was severed. He was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Witnesses who were at the scene reported noticing blood on the passenger side of the car. Police officers say that the driver smelled of alcohol, and a bottle of vodka was found in the car. His blood alcohol level was tested and determined to be nearly four times the legal limit at .317 percent. The driver was held on $1 million bail and charged for aggravated DUI involving death.
After an accident like this one, family members of the deceased victim often decide to pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of the victim's estate. An attorney might be able to assist plaintiffs in this type of civil action by gathering all of the relevant evidence to establish the liability of the at-fault driver. In cases where the victim did not pass away at the scene, family members might be entitled to seek compensation for the pain and suffering that the victim endured.
Source: CBS Chicago, "Man charged with DUI in fatal crash that severed passenger's arm", October 14, 2014