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Possible DUI accident kills 10-year-old girl

It takes the best efforts of every driver in Illinois to keep the roads safe. State law protects drivers and passengers alike with traffic laws and regulations, and even minor violations can lead to a collision.

Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light can cause accidents when cars collide in intersections, and negligence while using a cellphone may be a factor in all sorts of traffic problems. Many collisions are small fender benders with no significant damage, but high-speed collisions can cause serious injury or death.

One of the most important traffic laws is against driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. DUI collisions are often at high-speed and cause severe damage and injury.

A 27-year-old Florissant woman is facing criminal charges as Illinois State Police allege she was drunk when she hit a crowded sport utility vehicle with her car. All six people involved were injured and transported to the hospital, and a 10-year-old girl in the SUV died of her injuries.

Photographs of the accident scene show the woman may have crossed the median of the two-lane road in Belleville and collided with the front end of the SUV. She was charged with aggravated DUI and a charge of aggravated DUI causing death, charges that can carry up to 14 years in prison.

Victims of DUI accident and survivors of DUI fatalities may have a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the party at fault. Claims may include reimbursement for medical expenses and compensation for pain and emotional suffering after an accident. Legal representation can help this process along.

Source: Belleville News-Democrat, "Florissant woman was drunk in crash that killed 10-year-old girl, charges allege," Kara Berg, March 06, 2018

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