Saturday, around 1:45 a.m., three young women were in a blue Ford, on their way home from a cheerful celebration. They were taking the Eisenhower Expressway, and were soon hit head-on by someone who was driving in the wrong direction. Two of the three women did not make it out alive.
The driver of the wrong-way van was a 20 year old man of Chicago, who was on his way back from a late-night barbecue. When his vehicle was seen driving onto the exit ramp in the wrong direction, a Forest Park sergeants dashboard camera took photos of his red Dodge van. The photo above is of his minivan shortly after the crash. A witness saw him exit the vehicle from the driver side, solidifying that he was, in fact, the driver. His passenger was taken to the hospital.
Although too young to legally consume alcohol, police say that the driver of the van was found to have a blood-alcohol level of over twice the legal limit. He now faces charges that include aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide. His bond from this arrest is set at $4,000,000, and he also had an unrelated warrant for violating probation from a previous drug-possession case.
In the other vehicle, one woman did survive, but not without suffering physical injuries that required hospital care. Her two friends were pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center. With the exception of one 19 year old, all of the people involved in this multi-fatality crash were 20 years of age.
This tragedy has undoubtedly changed all of their young lives. Whether you are of age or not, it is never appropriate to drink and drive. If your state of mind is in question, even a little, there are safe options available to you so that you do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive drunk. Ask a sober friend or family member for a lift, call a taxi, or wait til the intoxication passes. Making the mistake of driving while even somewhat impaired can change the lives of so many people. And it is not worth it!
If you or someone you care about has been harmed by a drunk driver, call the law office of GWC right away.