Chicago's iconic Lake Shore Drive is a bustling road that requires a driver's full attention. Tight lanes that are almost always packed with cars leave little room for driver error. When a driver decides to drink and drive on this road, tragedy can easily occur. On Friday morning, an alleged drunk driver proved that point.
The alleged drunk driver got onto Lake Shore Drive going southbound against the flow of traffic in the northbound lanes. He hit a northbound taxi cab head-on. The taxi had two passengers, one of whom died because of injuries that occurred in the fatal accident. The other passenger and the driver of the taxi were injured in the accident. All three people in the taxi were taken to the hospital, with the two passengers being taken in critical condition.
The female who died was in her last year of law school at the University of Chicago Law School. She was set to graduate in June and already had a position with a law firm secured. She was pronounced dead at 6:30 Friday evening.
Charges of reckless homicide and driving under the influence were filed against the man who allegedly caused the accident. That might bring some comfort to the victim's family members and friends, but it won't take away their tragic loss.
Anyone who has lost a loved one in a tragic accident caused by a drunk driver might have the right to seek compensation for expenses related to the accident. While it won't bring back a loved one, this compensation might help to lessen the financial impact of the untimely death.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Driver faces DUI charge in fatal Lake Shore Drive crash" Rosemary Regina Sobol and Michelle Manchir, May. 04, 2014