A 31-year-old Chicago man is accused of killing an 18-year-old female passenger in a wreck reportedly caused by drunk driving that occurred in Wheaton on Shaffner Road. The girl was a passenger in the car at the time of the single-car accident, which happened around 10:30 on the evening of April 23 when the car, a 2003 Ford Explorer, went off the road and rolled over. According to authorities, the driver of the Explorer had a blood alcohol level of around .173.
The driver involved, a 31-year-old man with an extensive criminal record, is now facing serious charges. He is in currently in jail, held on a substantial bond of $1 million. He faces two felony charges of aggravated DUI because this serious accident resulted in a fatality.
While many accidents involve strangers, this case shows that accidents are sometimes caused by friends and acquaintances. Although this victim apparently knew the driver who caused the accident, the family may still want to seek justice through the courts. Sometimes, they are looking for answers that can only be uncovered with a more thorough investigation. Attorneys may be able to find those answers by interviewing witnesses and looking at all of the available evidence.
When attorneys go to court for a car accident death, they often seek compensation for the family. The funds are used to pay for final expenses and help care for any dependents who are left behind. However, the family may also seek punitive damages to help ensure that the driver will be more careful in the future. People who have lost loved ones in a fatal accident can enlist the services of an experienced attorney to help them pursue legal action.
Source: CBS Chicago, “Teenage Girl Killed in DUI Accident”, April 26, 2013