A 26-year-old Chicago man was arrested in connection with a crash on the Eisenhower Expressway that ended the lives of two women in another vehicle. He remains incarcerated after being able to post $350,000 in bail set by a court. Police said that he had taken drugs and was also drunk at the time of the accident that caused the wrongful deaths. He was charged for the two deaths on the basis of the drugs and the alcohol.
He also is facing separate criminal charges for fleeing the scene of a fatal accident. The crash took place at approximately 3:45 a.m. on at Sunday in the Forest Park area on Interstate Highway 290 in an inbound lane. The arrestee's Dodge Durango SUV, a 2012 model, hit a stalled minivan in the center lane of the highway. The driver of that minivan, a 30-year-old woman, was killed in the collision, as was a 29-year-old female passenger.
The male motorist and a 25-year-old female passenger in the van were both rushed by emergency personnel to a local medical facility where they were treated for what were described as non-life-threatening injuries. According to police, both of the survivors were wearing their required seatbelts, while the two women who died were unbuckled.
Driving while drunk or drug impaired, or both, is a major cause of death and serious bodily injury on Illinois roads and highways. Victims of such accidents and their families pay a terrible price in pain and suffering, disability, lost income, and the tragic permanent loss of loved ones because of reckless motorists' unlawful behavior. Criminal charges to penalize such drivers for the carnage and suffering they cause are certainly appropriate, but do nothing to compensate victims and their families. Private lawsuits for wrongful death and personal injury can help to shift at least the economic burden of such accidents from innocent persons to right where it belongs, on the shoulders of the irresponsible motorists.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Man held on $350K bail in crash that killed 2 on I-290 in Forest Park" Carlos Sadovi, Jan. 14, 2014