A young Chicago preschool student is dead and a 24 year old woman is in police custody after a deadly car accident last weekend on the north side of the city.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that shortly before 7 a.m. on Sunday morning, Leticia Medel was driving eastbound on Fullerton Avenue in her Dodge Avenger with her husband in the front seat and her two small children in the back, a 2 year old and a 4 year old. Eventually her vehicle rear-ended a Honda Civic that was stopped at a traffic light. The force of the initial crash caused the Civic to hit another vehicle in front of it before stopping against a building. After the first impact the Avenger then crossed over into the second eastbound lane, striking a Chevy Tahoe. All told, four vehicles were involved in the car accident.
Following the wreck, Medel and her husband grabbed the two children from the back of the Avenger and ran from the scene. The two children were eventually brought to nearby Children’s Memorial Hospital. Jonathan, the four year old, had suffered a lacerated liver and multiple contusions. Doctors did everything that could to save the young child, but he was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m. that afternoon.
The causes of the car crash that led to Jonathan’s death are varied but all involve extreme negligence of the part of Leticia Medel. Perhaps most damaging of all, Medel was drunk at the time of the crash. She had a blood alcohol level of .151, nearly twice the legal limit. Two beer cans were also found by police inside the vehicle. On top of that, Medel was driving between 15 and 20 miles over the speed limit at the time of the impact, significantly contributing to the seriousness of the accident. Those factors combined with her failure to properly buckle-in her two young children created the tragic accident that claimed the life of the innocent 4 year old.
It is difficult to read these car accident stories and comprehend how anyone could engage in this type of extreme, reckless driving. However, the sad reality is that our roads are filled with many drivers who continually engage in conduct that places themselves, their children, and all other drivers at extreme risk. Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti encourage everyone to not only operate their own vehicles with caution but to also vigilantly monitor all other potentially negligent drivers.