April 5, 2012

Vermilion County Man Faces Felony Charges for Fatal Accident

by Levin & Perconti

A 23-year-old Georgetown man faces felony charges for his role in a fatal 2011 accident – according to a news report posted on Commercial-News.com. The accident in question transpired on November 19 just after 6 p.m. when the driver was traveling east on Mill Road – east of Georgetown. According to local authorities, the vehicle the 23-year-old was driving went out of control, ultimately going into a ditch and hitting a culvert. Subsequently, the vehicle then went airborne and struck the accident victim’s pickup truck almost immediately causing his premature death.

As a result of the tragic accident, both the 23-year-old driver and his front seat passenger were hospitalized for injuries sustained in the accident. Additionally, four children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old who were in the backseat of the defendant’s vehicle required advanced medical attention for their injuries. Our Chicago accident lawyers learned through subsequent police investigation, the driver was under the influence of alcohol as the time of the accident.

During the 23-year-olds arraignment proceedings Tuesday morning, he faces four felony counts, including the most severe – an aggravated DUI charge – a Class 2 felony, which cites it connection to a fatality. The article reports that the Class 2 fatality charge carries a substantial penalty and if the driver is found guilty, the charge is punishable by up to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The other felony charges include Class 4 felonies of: bodily harm to a child, great bodily harm to a child and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.

Our Chicago accident attorneys learned that as part of the 23-year-olds arraignment proceedings early Tuesday morning, he was remanded to the custody of the county’s sheriff’s department in lieu of a $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 12. It has been reported that a civil lawsuit stemming from this devastating collision has been filed by the accident victim’s son. The civil case, filed on January 11, seeks compensation for damages incurred.

Any Chicago car accident attorney will tell you that when drivers of motor vehicles operate in a careless or reckless manner, the outcome is almost always severe and life-altering. When a car accident transpires as a result of negligence on the part of one of the drivers involved, the party sustaining injury may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses, physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as, other damages for harm incurred.

If you have been in an Illinois car accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of negligent driver, please contact our experienced accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti to see what legal rights may be available to you.