Authorities say that a 37-year-old man was killed in a car accident that took place on Dec. 5 at about 11:07 p.m. Police say that a 29-year-old man was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash that occurred on Route 59 north near Garys Mill Road. The victim was trying to turn left onto Route 59 from Garys Mill Road when his car was struck.
Both cars were on fire when authorities arrived, and a passenger in the car that caused the crash had to be taken to Cadence Health/Central DuPage Hospital for treatment of burns and other injuries. The driver was also taken to the hospital to be treated for burns. Police say that the man’s blood alcohol content was .16 percent at the time of the crash, which is twice the legal limit.
Police say that the victim was found dead at the scene. The driver who caused the crash was taken into custody and charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol causing death. He was being held on $500,000 bond, and there was no word if he had posted bond. The man was expected to be in court for arraignment on Jan. 5.
The family of an individual who dies in a car accident may wish to file a wrongful death suit against the driver who caused the crash. It may be possible to win compensation for the victim’s final expenses or compensation in the form of punitive damages as a result of the driver’s negligence. An attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement outside of court, which may resolve the case sooner and provide some sort of closure for the family.
Source: Wheaton Patch, “West Chicago Man Charged in DUI Crash That Killed Warrenville Man“, Amie Schaenzer, December 09, 2014