Illinois drivers should be aware of the risks associated with driving while drunk or otherwise impaired. Recreational and pharmaceutical substances may hinder the ability to drive so severely that the impaired driver becomes dangerous to themselves and anyone else on the road. An uncontrolled car is a lethal device, and a driver who is so intoxicated that they cannot properly control their vehicle is a threat to everyone around them.
An Illinois driver who allegedly ran through a red light started a multi-vehicle accident in Oak Lawn on Oct. 5, and recent toxicology testing has revealed that the 81-year-old Illinois man was intoxicated when the fatal crash occurred. Three individuals died in the accident that occurred at the intersection of Cicero Avenue and 95th Street around 4:17 p.m.
On Dec. 5, a 37-year-old Illinois man was killed in a two-vehicle crash involving a drunk driver. Three days later, the 29-year-old man who is accused of causing the fatal car accident was held on $500,000 bond and charged for two counts of aggravated DUI causing death.
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.
Illinois drivers may know that drinking is involved in many roadway deaths in this country. Programs aimed at reducing the number may be working since the reported numbers of fatalities have lessened.
A 26-year-old man must serve eight years in prison after a Sept. 18 sentencing hearing that stemmed from a 2103 auto accident. The man entered a guilty plea to the felony charge of aggravated DUI causing death on July 2 after he purportedly drove an SUV into a residence and killed a 73-year-old man.
Authorities believe that a fatal pedestrian accident in Humboldt Park occurred because of a man driving under the influence of alcohol. A 33-year-old man from Wicker Park allegedly struck a 55-year-old pedestrian walking in the 2700 block of North Avenue on Aug. 24. The driver faces charges for two counts of DUI, striking a pedestrian in a roadway and driving without insurance.
On Aug. 25, a 21-year-old man pleaded not guilty in a DuPage County court to nine total counts of aggravated DUI stemming from a fatal accident in Naperville. If convicted, the man may receive a prison sentence of six to 28 years, reportedly.