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Driver who killed elderly woman accused of drug use

Authorities have accused an 18-year-old motorist involved in an accident that killed a 65-year-old woman of having drugs in his system at the time of the accident. He has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, as well as aggravated DUI causing a death. The dead woman was a resident of Niles, Illinois, while the driver lives in the Des Plaines area.

The fatal car accident took place at approximately 11:20 a.m. when the teen’s car, a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, struck the female pedestrian who was walking near Glenview on the 300 block of Greenwood Avenue. The woman’s body was discovered in a drainage ditch alongside the street, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office. Emergency personnel rushed her to a hospital in Park Ridge, where she was declared dead just before noon, minutes later.

The teen driver was tested for and tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, according to authorities, as well as for an anti-anxiety drug called benzodiazepine. Officers said that they found approximately 27 grams of marijuana contained in a bag in the vehicle. The driver’s bond on the criminal charges were set at $270,000 by a court.

Drunk or stoned motorists cause many deaths and serious injuries in accidents in Illinois. Often such intoxication is combined with speeding and texting or cell phone use behind the wheel. Criminal charges in such cases are appropriate to attempt to punish such drivers, but that does not provide compensation to victims or their families. To achieve that, an experienced personal injury attorney must be consulted with to see about filing a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit. Such lawsuits can justly shift the economic burden from the innocent to those responsible for the carnage, although no amount of money can ever bring back a precious lost loved one.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Cops: Teen driver had drugs in system when woman killed by car” Jonathan Bullington, Jan. 26, 2014