The Skokie Patch reported this week on a devastating car accident that ripped one car in half and sent four people the hospital. Speeding and alcohol played a role in the wreck.
Police reports indicate that the negligent driver was traveling eastbound on Oakton Street near Kenneth Avenue in Skokie when the car accident occurred. The driver’s Pontiac car collided with a Toyota Camry that was attempting to make a left hand turn. The Camry was literally severed in two by the collision and the Pontiac had a third of its front compressed inward. Amazingly, while the three people in the Camry and the Pontiac driver were taken to the hospital, none of them suffered life threatening injuries.
Investigations into the cause of the crash indicate that the Camry driver’s blood alcohol level was well above the legal limit. Several empty liquor bottles were found in the vehicle. Also, witnesses recount that the driver was traveling at a very high rate of speed, likely much faster than the posted limit.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys reiterate our repeated refrain for all drivers to ensure their own driving is safe this holiday season. The total number of travelers driving under the influence of alcohol increase significantly during these times, as many families celebrate the festivities. It is vital that all those using the roads this season take care to use designated drivers if necessary and to remain on the look-out for potentially impaired drivers. In addition it is at times like that that simple safety measures like seat-belts are even more essential.
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