Earlier this week we discussed a fatal drunk driving car accident which killed a 23-year-old woman from suburban Chicago. Although many drunk drivers are ultimately convicted of vehicular homicide after a fatal DUI crash, it can often take years for the family members of car accident victims to receive closure. Criminal proceedings and wrongful death litigation can be a lengthy, but necessary process to properly hold a person accountable for driving while intoxicated.
One man was recently held accountable for causing a DUI crash last year. The 23-year-old Carpentersville man caused a crash that killed a 24-year-old passenger south of Elgin last October and injured two other passengers. The man recently pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated DUI according to the Chicago Tribune.
The man’s blood alcohol level was .169 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent. He is currently being held in the Kane County Jail awaiting sentencing. It is unclear whether any personal injury or wrongful death litigation has been initiated against the man.
A judge will sentence the man in September. He can receive anything between three and 14 years in prison for this DUI crash because no plea agreement was reached regarding sentencing.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Man pleads guilty to drunk driving in fatal 2011 crash,” Clifford Ward, July 27, 2012