Many headlines this week have involved the trail related to the deadly Chicago car accident that took the life of a 5-year old boy. The story has gained widespread attention because of the allegations against a police officer involved in the matter.
As reported by NBC News, the accident occurred last May after a woman, her boyfriend, and the woman’s 5-year old boy were pulled over by a Chicago Heights police officer. The woman was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Following the arrest, the officer gave the car keys to the boyfriend, telling him to drive the young child home.
Tragically, shortly after driving off, the man crashed the car into a tree, killing the young child.
Investigations into the Chicago car accident revealed that the man who was given the car keys had a blood alcohol level over three times the legal limit. Other witnesses explain that the man had slurred speech and was visibly intoxicated at the time. There has obviously been an outcry questioning the actions of the officer, allowing the drunken man to drive and ultimately killing the innocent child.
Our Chicago car crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti remain saddened by the loss of young victims in these terrible road tragedies. As this case epitomizes, the causes of these accidents are often convoluted and difficult to understand at first glance. It is important for the victims and their families to ensure that each crash is properly investigated and analyzed to determine what specific factors may have led up to the accident. In this way the root cause of the problem may be uncovered-from police conduct to manufacturer malfunction-and the proper remedies may be applied.
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