Most Illinois drivers realize that drinking and driving will not be tolerated. Even if they may not completely agree with the law, they usually adhere to it anyway. Those relative few that try and push their luck and wind up with a DUI often learn their lesson and refrain from doing so ever again – especially if they are young drivers.
But when a person gets 2 DUIs on before his or her 22nd birthday, it’s a pretty clear indicator that the individual may not be mature enough to drive. Especially if the second DUI results in someone else’s death.Sadly, a 21-year old McKinley Park woman is facing her second DUI charge after a deadly hit-and-run accident in downtown Chicago. According to police, the woman was driving her Jeep Liberty southbound at a high rate of speed on LaSalle Street just past Division Street around 2:30am on a Sunday morning. Her vehicle struck a 32-year old man who was in a marked crosswalk. She reportedly sped away, turned on Elm Street, drove the wrong way on a one-way street, and was eventually apprehended by police after she turned onto Dearborn Parkway. The man, a law student at Northwestern University, died at a nearby hospital less than a half hour later.The McKinley Park woman admitted to police that she had been drinking at three Chicago bars in the hours which preceded the auto-pedestrian accident. Her blood alcohol level was subsequently measured at .16, which was about twice the legal limit. She had been convicted of DUI in Riverside when she was 17 years old, and had been stopped by Chicagoland police at least five other times in a five-year period. The woman also faces charges stemming from a Valentine’s Day arrest for marijuana possession.It’s clear that this woman has demonstrated bad judgment on a number of occasions over the past few years. But now, her actions have resulted in the death of another person – and a likely wrongful death lawsuit as well.