According to law enforcement authorities with the Illinois State Police, a 30-year-old woman is being held in custody in lieu of $1 million bond for her alleged role in a fatal DUI accident. The accident reportedly occurred around 7:20 p.m. on Dec. 26 in Lockport Township.
Law enforcement officers stated that the woman was driving south on South State Street when she allegedly lost control of her vehicle near Nobes Avenue. The woman’s vehicle then reportedly flipped over after she allegedly drove off of the road.
Emergency responders transported a passenger from the woman’s vehicle to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox for treatment of severe injuries. The 33-year-old man later succumbed while receiving treatment. He was pronounced dead at 9:14 p.m. The Will County Sheriff’s Office reported that the woman was charged with two felony aggravated DUI counts and five unnamed misdemeanor offenses. Police did not report if any testing was done or what the results were.
When a person is charged with drunk driving, the potential penalties can be extremely harsh, especially if someone is injured or killed in a resulting accident. People who are charged with such an offense may want to get help from a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney may be able to review the evidence to spot all available defenses. They may also work to uncover mitigating evidence that they can present to the assigned prosecutor. By doing so, they may be able to secure a plea to a lesser offense, or cap the amount of time their client might face in jail or prison.
Source: Chicago Sun Times, “$1M bond for woman charged with DUI in fatal Lockport crash,” Simone Alicea, Dec. 28, 2015