It’s not uncommon for people in Illinois and across the country to dread Monday mornings. After all, most of them had just enjoyed two days off and were forced to jolt themselves out of “relaxation” mode and back into “productivity” mode – and then stay focused for five days in a row before getting another break.
People deal with this feeling differently (drinking extra coffee, scheduling a night out during the week as a break, etc.). But one of the ways not to combat the Monday morning blues is with alcohol.
Sadly, that’s what a young man apparently did this week in Tazewell County. Around 7:30am Monday morning, a 20-year old man was driving his van east on Illinois Route 24 near Dieble Road (about a mile east of Highway 3) in Washington. According to Illinois State Police, he reportedly decided to pass a car in front of him at a high rate of speed; but in doing so he clipped the car, which careened into a ditch. The man then lost control of his van, which drove through a ditch and became airborne before rolling several times and finally stopping in a corn field. The 20-year old was charged with driving under the influence as well as failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage.
The 41-year old woman driving the car was taken to a Peoria hospital with non-life threatening injuries. If she chooses to, she could file a personal injury lawsuit against the van driver and likely get reimbursement for ambulance charges, medical expenses, and physical therapy costs. Such a suit may also compensate her for lost wages from work absenteeism due to the crash, as well as award her damages for pain and suffering. It’s even possible that a jury could give the woman punitive damages if the man is convicted of DUI in connection with the auto accident.