The Christmas season is meant to be a happy and joyous time of year. It is meant to be a time for family, friends, and loved ones to gather together and celebrate time together inside from the cold with delicious drinks and food. It is meant to be a time to reminisce over the past year and look forward to the upcoming year ahead. It is meant to be a time to exchange gifts to show appreciation to those you care about. Unfortunately, this is also a time of year where many people are traveling, and when drivers are negligent and reckless, they put a stop to all of the things this time of year is meant to be.
A recent article by the Chicago Tribune relayed some tragic news that on Christmas Eve a hit-and-run pedestrian accident killed a pregnant woman. The young woman was walking across the street in the 4200 block of West Ogden Avenue on the evening of Christmas Eve. She was hit by a westbound motor vehicle, which then failed to stop and fled the scene of the accident. The victim, a resident of the 3000 block of South Keeler Avenue, was taken to the local hospital and then pronounced dead. Miraculously, after the crash, medical personnel successfully delivered the baby, who is in stable condition and expected to survive.
The driver at fault was a resident of the 2700 block of South Harding Avenue and has now been charged with the death of the victim as a felony count of aggravated driving under the influence in a fatal accident, a felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. In addition, he was cited for driving with an open container of alcohol and a defective windshield. After appearing in court, the judge ordered that he be held in lieu of $750,000 bail at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.
The above described accident is a prime example of a completely tragic and preventable accident. But for the driver’s recklessness and utter disregard for safety and the others’ lives, the woman never would have died, and the newborn baby would have had a mother to grow up with and be cared for by. Instead, by driving under the influence of alcohol, there was a completely unjustified loss of life.
Our attorneys advocate that there is never a reason to drive under the influence of alcohol, and especially that there is never a reason to leave the scene of an accident. Alcohol-related accidents are always preventable, as no one has to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle when intoxicated. In addition, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and to consumer it while driving. More so, when a driver is at fault for an accident, they are legally obligated to stop. As they are the cause for danger and injury, it is their legal duty to attend to the victim for being the source of their harm.