A woman from Evanston, Illinois, has been arrested on charges of aggravated DUI after being involved in a fatal car accident. The 42-year-old woman has been charged with felony aggravated DUI and a Class A misdemeanor. Tragically, a 45-year-old man, who was riding as a passenger in her vehicle, was killed in the collision.
According to police, accident happened at approximately 2:20 a.m., on Sunday morning. The woman and her passenger were riding in a 1998 Nissan, which collided with multiple cars and then flipped upside down. The force of the collision caused the deceased passenger to be trapped under the vehicle following the crash and he died as a result. The passenger was a local Army veteran.
The DUI driver of the car was seriously hurt and, as of last Monday, she was listed in serious condition. Police say that she disobeyed a red light, drove in the wrong lane of traffic, failed to reduce her velocity to prevent an accident and she was driving her vehicle without insurance.
When a DUI driver causes a fatal accident and the death of his or her passenger, the victim's family members will be hit hard emotionally, as they try to come to grips with the reality of what occurred. They may be hit financially as well, especially if the deceased family member was a major contributor to family income.
Family members who lose a loved one in a fatal DUI crash, due to no fault of their loved one, may have viable claims for wrongful death damages. If successfully navigated, such a claim could be a way for family members to receive financial compensation to pay for end of life expenses, pain and suffering, lost family income and other kinds of damages.
Source: patch.com, "Evanston Woman Charged in Fatal Vehicle Crash," Tim Moran, Sep. 29, 2015