On the surface, you wouldn’t think of Thanksgiving as a drunk-driving holiday. But because of holiday gatherings on Thanksgiving Day (and the football games that accompany them), authorities across Illinois increased patrols from the Thursday through the Sunday of Thanksgiving week and kept an extra eye out for impaired drivers. And it appears they were wise to do so, because there were two single-vehicle auto accidents in Chicago that happened at around the same time over the holiday weekend; and in both of them, the driver was killed and passengers were hurt.
The first was reported around 5am on the day after Thanksgiving on Lake Shore Drive. According to Chicago Police, a vehicle was heading south on LSD near Foster Avenue when it struck the median, flipped over, and landed in the northbound lanes. The 24-year old man driving the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, while a 25-year old man and a 33-year old woman who were in the vehicle had to be rushed to a nearby hospital.
And shortly before 5:15am on the same day, another auto accident was reported in the Pill Hill neighborhood on the South Side of the Windy City. Police say that a vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed on East 93rd Street near Constance Avenue when it crossed over the center line and struck a parked car, a light pole, and a tree. All four men in the vehicle were taken to a nearby hospital with injuries. The 22-year old driver died less than three hours later, while the 22-year old, 26-year old, and 30-year old passengers were treated for their injuries. Authorities suspect that alcohol was a factor in this crash.
Even both drivers died in these wrecks, the passengers can still file personal injury lawsuits against the estates of the drivers if they choose to do so.