Free Consultations | Tap To Call Today: 1.888.625.6265

Hit and Run Death in Chicago- Suspect Apprehended

A Northwestern University law student was killed over the weekend of March 24th by woman with a blood alcohol level of double the legal limit, according to the Chicago Tribune.

21-year-old Bianca Garcia is charged with DUI and reckless driving in a crash that killed Jesse Bradley. The 32-year-old victim was crossing the intersection at LaSalle and Division early Saturday morning when he was struck by an SUV driven by Garcia. She did not stop, officials said, and was picked up a few moments later.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Ericka Graunke, Garcia had a blood alcohol content of more than double the .08 legal limit following the early Saturday morning crash. Additionally, Garcia did not have a driver’s license or vehicle insurance and so is facing additional several charges in addition to the hit and run, including driving under the influence and traffic violations.

This tragic event happens all too often in Chicago and across the country. One quick ill-conceived choice, the decision to drive while intoxicated, can end lives and forever alter the lives of so many families and loved ones.

DUI Injuries and Wrongful Death

Although people operating under the influence are not fully in control and have the distinct reputation for making poor decisions (such as getting behind the wheel), they are certainly not exempt them from responsibility or liability for their actions—especially if a serious injury or a wrongful death result.

  • Filing a car accident case or wrongful death lawsuit can allow you to recover the costs incurred from medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, and other damages suffered.

Hit and Run Accidents

While it is certainly illegal to flee the scene of an accident, hit and runs happen for many different reasons. A few of the most typical reasons a driver would commit a hit and run include:

  • Prior criminal record
  • Uninsured or underinsured
  • Panic
  • Fear of consequences
  • Driving under the influence

A number of these apply to the above case, and thus we can see that the alleged hit and run offender certainly fits the profile of someone who would have been likely to flee the scene of an accident.

Uninsured Motorists

That the accused did not have vehicle insurance is not so rare, according to the Insurance Research Council, as roughly one in seven Americans do not have motor vehicle insurance coverage. The following applies to drivers in Illinois:

  • Illinois mandates insurance coverage for all drivers.
  • Those hurt recently or even several weeks or months ago by an uninsured driver, still may have legal options and ought to consult with an attorney.
  • Illinois has pricey fines and corresponding penalties for those who do not have insurance coverage.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a Chicago DUI car accident, hit and run accident, or an accident with an uninsured motorist, you need to speak with a qualified Chicago car accident attorney right away.


Firm Awards & Recognitions

Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

Client Review

  • "I'm very pleased to recommend Malman Law to my friends and relatives! I have to mention how efficient and professional in dealing with my case has been with everyone that I've been in contact with at Malman Law. Mrs. Sabo is outstanding as well as her secretary and assistant in responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. This firm has gone above and beyond to keep me updated and get answers to my questions at any time, weekends included! Malman Law rules in my opinion! "

    - Cheryl Wagemann
View More Testimonials

Know Your Rights!

Why People Choose Malman Law

You’ll want our experience on your side.
You’ll want your lawyers to be this good.

  • Credibility & Experience

    20,000+ Cases over 25 Years
  • Track Record of Success

    Over $200,000,000 Collected
  • Team of Litigation Lawyers

    Real Courtroom Experience
Need Help
After Hours?

Paralegals Available
24 Hours A Day To
Speak With you

No Matter The Time, We’re Here To Help!
Click to Call Now