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Update: Illinois Car Accident Kills 2nd Grader

This past May, a Skokie woman hit a nine-year boy with her car, causing him to slide out into oncoming traffic, ultimately taking his life. Our Chicago car accident attorneys discussed the issues at hand in a previous blog post. The woman had been driving under the influence of drugs, namely marijuana and amphetamines.

In the blog post we discussed the role of drugs, distractions and negligence in car accidents. The accident highlighted some of the potential negligent actions and their subsequent consequences. In our remarks, we said that there would be serious consequences for all parties involved. To quote from the June 29th post, “In the case of the nine-year-old boy, he lost the potential for a long and prosperous life, while his family is experiencing emotional and financial stress. In the case of the woman who hit him, she is facing a lifetime of legal consequences that will surely curtail her future.”

Now, there have been some new developments in the case, as updated by a recent Chicago Tribune article, demonstrating just what we discussed. Apparently, the woman who hit the boy is pleading “not guilty” to some very serious charges. The charges include “a felony count of aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death and a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs.” The judge overseeing the case also refused to lower her bond.

The family is also having trouble coping with their loss. According to the same Chicago Tribune article, the parents of the boy struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy, and stay busy in order to keep their mind off of the absence in their home. The parents also went to watch the proceedings of the case, and affirm the symbolic presence of their son.

This story is truly tragic, and is a reminder to each and every Illinois car accident lawyer at Levin & Perconti that human life is precious. Potentially negligent actions, such as driving while distracted, can be a serious detriment to living a full and happy life. As such, we want stress the importance of safe driving practices and inform the public that recourse is often possible. If you or a loved one suffer at the hands of a negligent driver, you can contact us to find out what rights may be available to you.