Andrew Jones was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI for a fatal crash that killed his girlfriend late last month.
The 33-year-old Chicago man was driving his 26-year-old girlfriend, Chantelle Jones, on February 23 when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a viaduct in the 1600 block of South Western Avenue, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
Along with his felony aggravated DUI and reckless homicide charges, Jones is also accused of driving on a suspended license and driving a vehicle without insurance.
Generally, someone can be charged with reckless homicide in Illinois if their reckless or careless driving causes death to another. This can include death to another driver, a pedestrian, or passenger in a vehicle.
In the case of Andrew Jones, he is alleged to have driven recklessly when he drove drunk into the viaduct, killing his girlfriend. For the reckless homicide charge, Jones could face up to five years in jail if convicted.
Aggravated DUI Causing Death
In addition to a reckless homicide charge, someone accused of a DUI that causes death also faces the more serious felony aggravated DUI charge. Unlike reckless homicide, this charge only applies to drivers who cause death while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Aggravated DUI causing death is considered a Class 2 felony. Someone convicted of this charge faces up to 14 years in prison. If Andrew Jones is found to have been drunk at the time of the accident, he faces much more substantial penalties under this charge.
Contact an Attorney
As this case shows, a driver who kills someone while driving under the influence can face two separate felony charges: reckless homicide and aggravated DUI causing death. The DUI charge is the much more serious charge and carries a much longer prison sentence. If you face either charge, you will want to talk to a DUI attorney to learn your options and possible defenses.
- Man Charged With Reckless Homicide In West Side Crash (CBS 2 News)
- Felony DUI (Chicago Legal Authority)
- Illinois DUI Laws (FindLaw)