An Illinois woman hopes to reduce drunk driving this prom season by sharing the story of her own alcohol-induced car accident. Seneca Beverage Company is even bringing the woman to high schools in New York from April 30 to May 2 to share her story. She has been giving her presentation for over eight years and has presented to approximately 40,000 students. At one time the woman was a gifted college volleyball player, but she eventually dropped out of school and accepted a job as a bartender. On Aug. 23, 2003, the then-21-year-old drove home with a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit. The life-changing car accident occurred when she went off the road and missed her exit. Her car rolled four times, and she was thrown through the back window.
Illinois parents may soon be making use of new technologies that could in fact help keep their teenagers safe behind the wheel. Statistics show that car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers, and fortunately, new devices may help reduce this statistic. Any mother or father who dreads having their child behind the wheel on their own may now have less to worry about. One such new device is the Drivecam, which works much like a police dashboard camera, but the device only starts recording when a driver has engaged in unsafe driving maneuvers. When this occurs, the video starts recording, and the Drivecam company informs the teen's parents of what happened. In addition, technology dubbed "Geofencing" alerts parents when their teen exceeds a certain speed or travels outside of a designated area.
A 23-year-old woman from Bloomington, Illinois, was hoping to introduce evidence of a victim's blood alcohol content level during a trial's opening statements, but a judge ruled that this information could not be presented at this point. The woman was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, failing to report an accident with injury, operating a vehicle without insurance and failing to reduce speed after causing the car accident that led to the death of another woman.The female victim was 21 years old at the time of the fatal accident. She was walking near the intersection of Main Street and Washington Street in Bloomington. As she and her friend were crossing the street, the driver ran a red light and hit them. The driver reportedly went home after the accident and was later found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.265 and had tested positive for marijuana. The pedestrian had a blood alcohol level of 0.119, according to the coroner's report.
An Aurora man was recently charged with a hit-and-run accident after the victim driving the car that was struck helped with the investigation. Police were able to find the registered owner of the vehicle by using the tag number provided by the victim and subsequently obtained a warrant for his arrest. The suspect had been staying with friends and family in the DuPage County area. They confirmed that at the time of the October 2012 car accident, he was driving the vehicle to which the plates had been matched. The 33-year-old did not stay at the scene, nor did he inform the vehicle's owner that he had been in an accident after returning it.
A 25-year-old woman died from multiple blunt force traumas when the car that she was a passenger in crashed in a single-car accident on Illinois State Route 251 by the intersection of County Road 900 North in El Paso, Illinois, on Feb. 23. It is alleged that the car accident was caused by the 29-year-old driver's being intoxicated, speeding and changing lanes improperly. Upon entering the intersection of County Road 900 North and Illinois State Route 251, the car crashed and caused the 25-year-old passenger to be ejected. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Three of the other occupants were injured in the accident.
On Feb. 13 at approximately 8:30 a.m., a 34-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle when she was cut off by another driver on Interstate 55. The car subsequently careened into a ditch, rolling at least once before coming to rest. As a result of the car accident, the Shorewood resident was trapped within her vehicle and had to be extricated from her car.The car that caused the accident was a tan vehicle. No other information was released. The victim was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment of her serious injuries.
Police have made headway in the investigation of a car accident that killed four construction workers May 22, 2012. The car accident occurred on eastbound Interstate 64 near the Old Collinsville Road overpass in Fairview Heights at about 9:30 in the morning, according to police reports. Two large trucks were parked on the left shoulder of the road while four workers from Briteway Striping Services completed work on the road in accordance with a state contract. A car veered off the highway, striking both trucks and hitting the four workers.