Aurora man charged with drunk driving in fatal car crash
A 34-year-old Aurora, Illinois, man has been arrested and charged with a single aggravated charge of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) for his role in killing his 37-year-old friend. The man is eligible to be released from the Kane County Jail if a $1 million bond that has been set in the case is posted. He's currently jailed there on unrelated domestic battery and theft charges.
Investigators with the Naperville Police Department allege that the man was intoxicated as he was driving his 1997 Ford Explorer along Naper Boulevard near the its intersection with Ogden Avenue around 2:35 a.m. on November 23, 2016. They argue that his intoxication early that morning resulted in the defendant not only driving off the road, but colliding with a tree.
Although his friend was transported to Naperville's Edward Hospital, he later succumbed to his injuries there. The man was reported to have been a long time Aurora resident. His obituary mentioned him having even graduated from West Aurora High School.
The significant difference between when the accident occurred and the man was charged with the DUI can be attributed to how long it took authorities to get toxicology results back. Investigators wanted to confirm the man's level of intoxication before asking prosecutors to press charges. The State Attorney's Office in DuPage County will be responsible for trying the case.
It is very likely that an Aurora car accident attorney could have proven a wrongful death case in this matter without criminal charges having ever been filed against the defendant. However, now that prosecutors have decided to charge the man with DUI and take the case to trial, it only helps to strengthen that claim.
Source: patch.com, "Aurora man charged with DUI in fatal Naperville crash," Tatiana Papas, May 12, 2017