Even though lots of different types of people choose to drink and drive, there is a correlation between people who are convicted of DUI and those who commit other crimes. Perhaps it’s because the same lack of judgment that is present when choosing to break the law also affects other decisions – like choosing to drink alcohol and then get behind the wheel.
This severe lack of judgment has apparently resulted in the death of a woman in Rockford. Around 4am on the morning of Sunday, December 15, a 24-year old man was driving a sedan at high speed on Ridge Avenue about a mile west of the Rock River, with a 30-year old woman as his passenger. Near the intersection with Sharon Avenue, the man lost control of the car and slammed into a tree. The woman died in the auto accident.
The man was subsequently determined to be intoxicated, and was arrested on charges that included driving under the influence and reckless homicide. The 24-year old man hadn’t been out of prison for a year after serving time on a conviction of armed robbery; and was also out on bond for a DUI arrest in August where he had slammed his vehicle into a police car.
The man certainly faces a bumpy road navigating the criminal justice system. But he is also subject to being named as a defendant in a civil court as well. That’s because the surviving relatives of the 30-year old woman have solid grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the man. This lawsuit could allow the plaintiffs to collect monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of care and companionship, as well as reimbursement for burial expenses and compensation for the estimated wages that the woman could have earned in her lifetime.