There are those who claim that you can’t make assumptions about a person simply by looking at his or her criminal arrest record. There’s certainly some merit to the argument that a person with a criminal record is not inherently less trustworthy or responsible than someone with a clean record. After all, there are many unscrupulous individuals who have never been arrested, and being arrested on a charge of disturbing the peace or public intoxication doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story about a person.
But when someone has been arrested a dozen times for various crimes, you can probably infer that the individual is guilty of at least a dearth of good judgment.
On Thursday night around 10:30pm, a 31-year old man was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer in Wheaton. An 18-year old woman was a passenger in the sport utility vehicle with him. While traveling south on Shaffner Road toward Mack Road (near Cantigny Golf Course), the SUV left the roadway, crashed, and rolled over. The woman was killed, and the man was arrested and charged with aggravated driving under the influence after his blood alcohol content was measured to be .173, which is more than twice the legal limit in Illinois. The 31-year old man, who has been arrested a dozen times over the last nine years on charges that include drug possession and burglary, told police he had started drinking shots at noon that day.
It’s a near certainty that the man, who lived in the same Warrenville apartment complex as the woman, will be held solely responsible for the auto accident. That means that the woman’s surviving relatives could opt to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the man. This could enable the plaintiffs to collect estimated future wages that the woman would have earned in her lifetime, as well as reimbursement for burial expenses and monetary damages for pain and suffering and loss of companionship.