The holiday season is a time of joy and merriment for many people in Illinois. It’s not uncommon for residents to commemorate this magical season by consuming an adult beverage or two (or more), especially on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. And there are a few who choose not to wait until these holidays to imbibe, which is perfectly okay – unless they try to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle afterwards.
That’s apparently what happened in Aurora during the week before Christmas. Shortly after 8:15pm on the night of Wednesday, December 18, a 25-year old man was driving a sport utility vehicle near the intersection of Douglas Avenue and Melrose Avenue, which is less than a mile east of Montgomery Dam and the Fox River. The SUV struck a car, which injured two passengers inside it, and then the 25-year old drove away from the auto accident scene.
The victimized car then followed the SUV away from the crash site to an Aurora home, where they spotted the SUV with a number of empty beer cans inside. Aurora Police were notified, and the 25-year old man was arrested at the home after admitting to causing the crash. The suspect was charged with driving under the influence, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, illegal transportation of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, and driving on a suspended license.
Though it’s not clear exactly how the auto accident took place, chances are good that the 25-year old man will be held partially or solely responsible for the crash and the resulting injuries to the two passengers. That means that the injury victims could choose to file personal injury lawsuits against the Aurora man in hopes of receiving reimbursement for medical expenses, compensation for wages they failed to earn while recovering from the incident, and perhaps even monetary damages for pain and suffering and punitive damages assessed in connection with the drunk driving charge.