An intoxicated driver who was under the influence of both narcotics and alcohol has been charged on multiple counts stemming from a crash on Chicago’s Southwest Side the previous week that left one man dead.
Giovanni Roman, 24, was driving his 2001 Acura in the 6300 block of Harlem Avenue on the early morning of April 13. At approximately 4: 00 a.m., Mr. Roman crashed into a garbage truck, killing his passenger, 26-year-old Luis A. Roman of Brighton Park. Another of Mr. Roman’s passengers, an unidentified 23-year-old woman, was severely injured.
Mr. Roman was taken in critical condition to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Chicago Police subsequently charged him with one count of reckless homicide, two counts of aggravated DUI in an accident causing bodily harm, and two counts of aggravated DUI in an accident causing death.
Intoxicated drivers, defined in Illinois as motorists with blood alcohol contents in excess of the legal limit of 0.08 percent, continue to be a danger to themselves and others, both in Illinois and in the country as a whole. In fact, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, more than 33 percent of all fatal car accidents in 2011 involved alcohol use.
GWC prosecutes a wide variety of injury cases throughout Illinois, including those involving intoxicated drivers, workers’ compensation, construction accidents, medical malpractice, and product liability. If you or your loved one has been injured by an intoxicated driver or by some other means, please contact our office for a free legal consultation to see if you may be eligible for financial compensation for your injuries.