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Wrong-way driver facing felony charges in Lake Shore car accident

A Chicago man accused of driving the wrong way down Lake Shore Drive has been arrested and charged with several serious DUI violations. The 23-year-old man is officially charged with felony aggravated DUI causing an accident or death, along with other charges, in connection with a fatal car accident he caused while disobeying traffic rules. The man is accused of striking a taxi head-on while driving drunk.

Officers say that the defendant's blood alcohol content measured at 0.195 percent when he was tested. That is more than twice the legal limit in the state of Illinois. He reportedly told emergency responders that he had consumed several beers and shots before getting behind the wheel of his SUV. He reportedly got out of his vehicle after the wreck and urinated on the road's median.

Authorities report that the incident occurred during the early morning hours on May 2, when the man drove his SUV south in the northbound lanes of the large thoroughfare near Navy Pier. The driver plowed head-on into a taxi, killing one of the passengers. That victim, a 26-year-old woman, was just months away from graduating from the University of Chicago Law School. Official reports show that the decedent and the other passenger were partially ejected from the vehicle during the auto accident. That victim and the cabbie were transported to the hospital in serious condition. The at-fault driver was also reportedly injured in the crash.

This tragic incident was entirely preventable; if the young man had simply called a cab for himself, instead of getting behind the wheel, he might not have taken the life of a promising young law student. Such defendants should be held accountable for their bad decisions in criminal court, but they can also face consequences through civil court actions. Victims and decedents' relatives may be able to recover financial compensation for medical costs and a variety of other civil claims accumulated after a car collision.

Source: CBS Chicago, "Man Charged In Connection To Fatal Lake Shore Drive Crash" No author given, May. 03, 2014

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