Franklin County investigators want to know why a car driven by a West Frankfort driver crossed over the middle line of Rend Lake Dam Road. Illinois State Police and county sheriff's deputies suspect, but have not confirmed, that drunk driving played a role in a fatal car accident.
The defendant was two years younger when he made a decision that would land him in jail. The young Elmhurst man was driving in the dark two years ago and caused a fatal pedestrian accident. Rather than try to aid the critically injured pedestrian or wait for police or medical personnel to arrive, the driver fled the scene.
The penalties and fines associated with a first drunk driving conviction are meant to repay a debt to society, deter a defendant from repeating the offense and help the accused get help for a possible addiction. There is no way to undo the permanent losses created in a fatal car accident but some DUI drivers have the chance to make amends, if victims survive the drunk driver's negligence.
The speed at which a DuPage County man was driving in Oak Brook, while under the alleged influence of alcohol, was at least double the posted 45 mph speed limit on Butterfield Road. Lombard police say it was only luck that kept the Round Lake Beach driver from causing a fatal car accident on a recent, early Saturday morning.
A single driving mistake can alter the lives of drivers and car accident victims in a fraction of a second. Disabling, permanent injuries and wrongful deaths are caused by offenses as serious as drunk driving, speeding and aggressive behavior or as careless as driver inattentiveness due to distractions.
Motorcyclists are well aware of the dangers they face on the roads. When an accident does occur, riders and their passengers are more apt to sustain serious injuries and even fatalities than accidents involving automobiles.
A 40-year-old man admitted he had been drinking before the vehicle he was operating crashed into a train in Itasca. The drunk driving accident injured and later claimed the life of the man's 30-year-old girlfriend, a passenger sitting closest to the deadly impact of the moving train.
A chain reaction motor vehicle accident, caused by distracted driving ended with the death of a pair of motorcyclists in Kane County. Although police say she was not impaired while driving, the Aurora driver blamed for the fatal motorcycle crash recently pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI.
A woman, who caused a Christmas Eve car crash last year that permanently disabled an Illinois man and killed his parents, will go to prison for eight years. Sentencing for charges surrounding the fatal car accident also requires the convicted driver to pay restitution of more than $72,000.