DUI Accident Kills 23 YO Chicago Woman

A 23-year-old Chicago woman is dead after a serious drunk driving car accident on the Kennedy Expressway this weekend. The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday near Armitage Avenue when a van carrying five people hit two vans, hit a highway barrier, and then crossed into oncoming traffic and hit two more cars.

A woman who was a passenger in the car was rushed in critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Alcohol is a factor in this crash but no charges have been filed against the driver yet. Some news reports indicate that up to seven other people were injured in this crash.

Drunk driving is one of the primary causes of fatal car accidents in the Chicago area. Drunk drivers have greatly reduced reaction times, poor coordination and are more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel than sober drivers.

Recent studies into alcohol and driving indicate that no amount of alcohol is safe behind the wheel. Drivers were shown to have a higher likelihood of being involved in a serious car accident even after a single drink. A “serious” car accident was defined as one resulting in critical or fatal injuries. The likelihood of a serious wreck increased with every 0.01 percent blood alcohol level of a driver.