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Driver indicted months after fatal crash

An accident that occurred in May on U.S. 24 is back in the news. The car accident that occurred in Peoria, Illinois, left two people dead at the scene. Both individuals were passengers in a sport utility vehicle driven by a 29-year-old man from same city.

According to reports, the 29-year-old was driving an SUV west on U.S. 24 on May 29. As the vehicle neared Banner Marsh Road, the driver turned left and reportedly placed the vehicle directly into the path of an oncoming garbage truck. The impact occurred sometime after 4 a.m., killing the two passengers in the SUV. Both passengers were 31-years-old.

The driver was injured in the crash and taken to the hospital. Blood or urine samples were taken from the injured man upon arrival and tested for alcohol and drugs. The results indicated that the man had marijuana in his system at the time of the crash and because of this, he has been charged with some serious crimes.

Indicted recently, the man has been charged with two counts of reckless homicide -- one for each fatality -- and three counts of aggravated driving under the influence. According to reports, the counts of aggravated DUI have more serious punishments than the reckless homicide charges. Aggravated DUI holds a potential prison sentence of three to 14 years for each death. Reckless homicide also holds a prison sentence with a range of three to five years.

This means that if the 29-year-old driver is convicted, he could be in jail for almost 30 years. His indictment came from a Peoria County grand jury last month. The driver of the garbage truck was not injured in the crash -- no charges were filed against this person.

According to authorities, the 29-year-old was not immediately taken into custody after the crash. An arrest warrant for $350,000 was put out for the man some time later.

Injuries stemming from motor vehicle accidents can change a victim's life forever. Victims that are seriously injured can be left coping with a lifetime of medical treatments and residual pain. For victims whose lives tragically ended due to the negligence of another, surviving family members may still be left with expenses. Seeking the advice of a personal injury attorney following an accident can help recover some of the costs and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

Source: Journal Star, "Driver indicted in fatal May wreck on U.S. 24," Aug. 28, 2012

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