People in the Chicago area who drive recklessly, disobey traffic laws or drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs not only put their lives at risk, they also put the lives of other drivers at risk. Negligent drivers can turn a normal drive into a tragic one.
A 25-year-old Orland Park man has been charged with DUI after causing a fatal car accident that left one woman dead. According to one report, a 51-year-old nurse was driving her Ford Explorer around 6:20 a.m. on July 8 near Hickory Hills. When she entered the intersection at 95th Street and La Grange Road, a Ford F150 being driven by the 25-year-old man crashed into her vehicle. It appears the man ran a red light.
The nurse was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, the hospital where she was employed. Sadly, she died from her injuries.
The 25-year-old man was taken to Palos Community Hospital to be treated for a hand laceration and bruises. He was then taken into police custody.
According to authorities, the 25-year-old man had reportedly been drinking since 5 p.m. the night before the crash. Investigators believe his vehicle was traveling more than 60 mph when he crashed into the nurse's sport utility vehicle.
This tragic story is an example of what can happen when people drive under the influence of alcohol. In an instant, one man's reckless behavior left one woman dead.
In addition to criminal charges, the 25-year-old man may also face a wrongful death lawsuit. After all, negligent drivers who cause harm to others should be held responsible through every aspect of the law.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "Orland Park man charged with DUI in crash that killed nurse," July 9, 2012