2 women killed on the Eisenhower by wrong-way drunk driver

Two Chicago women are dead, and a man is facing charges of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence after a head-on crash on the Eisenhower Expressway in the early morning hours of Sept. 7.

According to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, around 1:45 a.m., the 20-year old driver was coming from Berwyn, going northbound on Harlem Avenue. A police officer saw the man’s 2005 Dodge minivan get onto an exit ramp on the Eisenhower. The police car’s dashboard camera caught images of the van entering the eastbound lanes of the expressway going the wrong way.

The man hit a 2001 Ford carrying three women coming from Northlake. Two of the women were killed, and the third was injured. The two women who died were a 19-year-old from Northlake, and a 20-year-old from Maywood. They had been celebrating the 20-year-old’s new job. Both of the young women who were killed were students at Triton College.

The wrong-way driver had been at a barbecue in Berwyn. According to prosecutors, he had been drinking beer both during and after the barbecue. A witness saw him get out of the driver’s side of the van after the car wreck. He and the passenger riding with him were treated at Loyola University Medical Center for their injuries. That was where his blood was taken for the blood alcohol test.

Because the driver had violated his probation for a felony drug possession charge in 2011, he was arrested and held without bail. His bond was set at $4 million in a hearing held in Maywood on September 10.

Sometimes there is no amount of defensive driving that will prevent getting into a tragic traffic accident when a driver is this reckless. The driver will likely face a substantial personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit from the families of the victims who were killed and the surviving injured woman.

The Chicago Tribune, “Homicide charges in wrong-way Ike crash that killed 2 women” Carlos Sadovi, Sep. 10, 2013

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2 women killed on the Eisenhower by wrong-way drunk driver