An Illinois wrongful death attorney at our firm recently learned that a woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for causing a head-on collision that killed another driver in March 2009. Chicagotribune.com highlights the story, stating the 48-year old woman of Aurora pleaded guilty in Kane Court last Thursday to one count of aggravated DUI that killed the 54-year old man.
Specifically, the woman was driving her pickup truck south in the northbound lane of Illinois Route 47 near Sugar Grove when she struck the man’s vehicle. Accident reconstruction estimates show that she was traveling at 73 miles per hour at the time of the accident. Further tests reveal that the woman had cocaine in her system as well.
The report states that prior to the accident, police had received a number of reports from motorists reporting that the woman was “driving erratically, speeding and passing numerous vehicles.” She had been stopped and cited by police about fifteen minutes before the accident.
Am Illinois State’s Attorney spoke out after the accident, saying, “This crash was clearly preventable, the result of this defendant’s reckless and dangerous driving with cocaine in her system.” He called the man’s death “nothing short of tragic.”
The woman has been free on bond since she was indicted in 2010. She was ordered to begin serving her sentence today.
Our attorneys agree that this accident could have easily been prevented. When drivers of cars or trucks consume alcohol or drugs before driving, the results can be fatal. Not only is the driver affected, but other motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians may be at risk. The Illinois Department of Transportation states that each year, about 310,000 people suffer injuries in alcohol-related traffic crashes, an average of one person injured approximately every 2 minutes, and about 300 fatalities also take place. In 2002, 51,649 people were arrested for DUI in Illinois.
Our attorneys want to urge all motorists to drive safely on Illinois roadways this year. Taking the appropriate steps such as refraining from driving under the influence, while fatigued, and distractedly can prevent motor vehicle accidents, decrease personal injury, and ultimately save lives.
If a driver is over the legal limit of intoxication and injures you in an accident, you may have the ability to claim. Every year, our law firm provides qualified legal representation to individuals and families who have been injured or killed as a result of careless or negligent motorists. We have seen the devastation that reckless behavior behind the wheel can cause and have represented numerous families in cases similar to the one above.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a negligent driver, please contact us for more information.