A Cook County man has been charged in connection with the wrongful death of a Bartlett woman who died when he struck her with his vehicle earlier this month. Prosecutors allege that 37-year-old Bartlett man was high when he struck and killed the 66-year-old retired teacher as she was driving her 10-year-old grandson. The grandson suffered minor injuries and was treated with stitches.
The fatal automotive accident happened when the man was allegedly speeding through Streamwood in his work truck at the intersection of Lake and Park streets. The woman allegedly turned in front of his truck because she may have misjudged how fast the man was traveling. The speed limit in that intersection is 40 mph according to the Daily Herald, but the man was believed to have been going at least 60 mph.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the man has a lengthy driving record that includes speeding tickets, driving uninsured and driving on a suspended license. The man also has drug possession convictions among other things. Authorities said they found pot and a vial of barbiturates in the man’s work truck.
If convicted, the man could face up to 14 years in prison, but it is possible that he could only receive probation as well. It is unclear whether a wrongful death lawsuit will be filed in connection with this crash as well.
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