A 20-year-old man is facing charges of aggravated DUI involving death and reckless homicide after a fatal crash in Elk Grove Village on June 30. The young man was on duty at his job as a seasonal employee with the Cook County Forest Preserve District when police say he drove a dump truck into multiple vehicles that were stopped in traffic on Arlington Heights Road.
The crash killed a 44-year-old Bloomingdale man who was returning home from work. A number of other people were injured, including the dump truck driver.
Authorities say the man, who was terminated from his job less than a week after the crash, was driving 76 miles per hour (mph) in an area where the speed limit was 30 mph. Prosecutors say he tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
People on the crew he had been supervising the day of the crash said the man had been "acting out of it" prior to the crash. Members of the crew who were in the truck with him when the crash occurred said they urged him to slow down when his speed exceeded 80 mph.
They told authorities at the scene that he had caused the crash. Despite having a broken pelvis, the man had to be subdued with a Taser by police.
Although he was originally able to post bail, he was jailed on Nov. 27 after a judge granted a request to increase his bail from $50,000 to $300,000.
Thus far, plaintiffs have filed three lawsuits against the Cook County Forest Preserve District in the aftermath of the crash.
Employers have a responsibility to work to ensure that their employees operate company vehicles safely. When a driver under the influence causes a crash while on the job, victims and surviving family members may be able to take civil legal action against that driver's employer to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and damages.