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Police claim Illinois man admitted to drinking before fatal crash

Prosecutors in Illinois have reported that the 29-year-old Chicago man involved in a fatal accident in the city's Auburn Gresham neighborhood during the early morning hours of July 3 may have been driving while drunk at the time. The man is said to have told police officers that he consumed half a pint of liquor before driving. One person was killed and another seriously injured when the man's minivan struck a tow truck at the intersection of West 78th Street and South Loomis Boulevard at approximately 4:30 a.m.

A prosecutor said that a toxicology test revealed the man's blood alcohol level to be .15 percent at the time of the car accident, which is nearly double the .08 percent legal driving limit in Illinois. She also said during a July 6 bond hearing that the man ran a red light before striking the tow truck. The 30-year-old woman behind the wheel of the tow truck was ejected from her vehicle by the impact. She was pronounced deceased at the scene by paramedics. Her passenger, a 39-year-old man, was also ejected, and he was taken to an area hospital with what were described as critical injuries.

The man is facing several serious charges including aggravated drunk driving causing death and aggravated drunk driving causing great bodily injury. The man was ordered held in lieu of bail, which was set at $500,000. Reports indicate that the man was on parole for a 2013 gun violation at the time of the accident.

Experienced defense attorneys would likely advise those facing serious criminal charges to make no statements to the police unless a lawyer is present. Most criminal cases are settled by plea agreements, but incriminating statements or admissions made by defendants may make it more difficult for their defense attorneys to secure lenient treatment.

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