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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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