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Deadly DUI crash leads to 8-year sentence

A DUI crash between a man from Villa Grove, Illinois, and a teen from Broadlands, Illinois, led to the death of the teen; the accident happened roughly a year ago, and the sentencing has just gone through. The man who was held responsible in the crash was given an 8-year sentence, meaning that he will not serve less than six and a half years.

The man, who is 33 years old, had not been drinking before the wreck, but he was smoking marijuana. Byproducts from the drug were identified in his system.

The crash happened just before three in the afternoon, on Oct. 4, 2013. The teen was behind the wheel of a Buick LeSabre, and he was out on 200 N road, driving east. The man was coming south down the road known only as 1900 E, driving a grain truck. The intersection was unmarked.

In the accident, the car actually ended up under the truck's trailer. The teen was trapped inside.

A few things made the sentencing a bit controversial, however. For one thing, the defense claimed that the teen was speeding. On top of that, the driver of the truck had reportedly smoked the marijuana a full two weeks before the wreck. He said he was not actively under the influence at all. Still, he faced a conviction because it did show up in his system.

When people are killed in accidents in Illinois, whether it is due to driver negligence, the use of drugs or something else altogether, the family members must make sure that they know what legal options they have to seek out compensation for their loss.

Source: The News-Gazette, "Judge sentences man to 8 years in fatal DUI case" Mary Schenk, Nov. 10, 2014

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