Drunk driver kills elderly Brookfield, Illinois couple in car accident; daughter settles lawsuit for $500,000

In February 2007, an elderly couple from Brookfield, Illinois was struck by a drunk driver while crossing the street. The woman was killed at the time of the pedestrian accident and her husband died days later from injuries sustained in the crash. Through her Illinois personal injury attorney, the couple’s daughter sued the driver in a civil wrongful death lawsuit which recently settled for $500,000. The criminal trial is still going on in Cook County. An off-duty Chicago police officer saw the accident and apprehended the driver, who intended to leave the scene. He was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence. The couple’s daughter said that the settlement provided some degree of closure noting that with less to worry about she could have time to grieve the loss of her parents.

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