A 21-year-old female driver of a PT Cruiser, driving under the influence of alcohol, struck a pedestrian after it is believed that another vehicle may have cut her off on Mannheim Road. The pedestrian died after this fatal accident. The driver, who was charged with a felony count of DUI, was also found carrying or transporting alcohol inside her vehicle and was driving without insurance.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that the man passed after the accident as a result of the multiple injuries inflicted by the PT Cruiser. He was 49 years old.
The accident occurred at about 1:30 a.m. at the 5800 block of North Mannheim Road near the Far Northwest Side by the O’Hare Airport. According to the police news affairs officer, the driver may have had to swerve towards the side of the road to avoid crashing into another car that had cut her off. After swerving, the PT Cruiser struck the pedestrian and a parked Volvo. It’s unclear whether the pedestrian was the owner of the Volvo. The drunk driver is to appear in court.
In a case like this, the family of someone killed by a drunk driver could file a wrongful death suit. The damages wrought by a drunk driver can be severe. Not only must family members go through the pain and sadness of losing a loved one, but the death can also inflict a crippling financial blow. Family members may have depended on the income of the victim, and funeral expenses can add up quickly. Consulting with an experienced car accident attorney may help the family secure financial compensation. While a legal case cannot bring back the loved one, it may at least provide a solution to the financial issues incurred by the accident.
Source: CBS Chicago, “Motorist Charged With DUI In Fatal Crash Near O’Hare,” March 25, 2013