Memorial Day weekend for one family was marred by a terrible Chicago drunk driving tragedy, reports the Chicago Tribune. A 47-year old woman had apparently been drinking at a holiday barbeque before leaving to head to another family party. She got into her vehicle along with her sister, two family friends, and several children. In total there were eight people in the car, which is supposed to sit a maximum of five.
According to reports the woman had a blood alcohol level of .164 (more than twice the legal limit) while she was driving. While on the Dan Ryan Expressway sometime around 6:30 p.m. she apparently bent down and tried to pick up a chip. As she was doing that, she lost control of the vehicle. Witnesses report seeing the car smash into a guard rail at 75th Street and then spin around seven times.
Considering there were so many people in the car, few of the passengers were buckled. The children inside were not properly restrained. In the aftermath an 11 year old boy was killed. In addition, an 8 year old boy was in critical condition after lacerating his liver, and two other children (ages 3 and 4) had fractured skulls.
The driver has subsequently been charged with aggravated DUI for an accident causing death as well as reckless homicide. She is being held on bail. The driver’s father explained that he saw her leave the barbeque and she did not appear drunk at the time. He believes that it was all just a tragic accident.
Of course, many people who are far too intoxicated to drive may not seem drunk at the time they get behind the wheel. But that is never an excuse for such reckless behavior. Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti work tirelessly with victims of these tragedies to help them seek justice and promote safe driving across our city.
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