Even if most drivers obey the law, there are still some that do not. This simple truth is one that ended up costing the lives of two children in Chicago late last month. According to the authorities, a 36-year-old man from the 2200 block of South St. Louis Avenue in Chicago was behind the wheel of an SUV while under the influence of drugs.
The man was involved in a car accident at 43rd Street and Western Avenue around 6:35 p.m.; that he allegedly chose to flee from.
Authorities believe that the man was speeding in a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer when he ran through a blinking red light at 45th Street. After ignoring the traffic signal, the man and his vehicle collided with the rear end of a 1997 Dodge Neon.
Police say that this crash killed a 10-month-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. The children's parents were also riding in the vehicle; both sustained injuries in the crash. The mother broke her collarbone while the father was listed at Mt. Sinai Hospital with spinal injuries. He was in critical condition at the time.
Reports indicate that the 36-year-old driver was high on PCP and opiates, two very dangerous drugs. He has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated DUI resulting in injury and death. Currently, he is being held on $550,000 bond. A conviction would likely result in a lengthy prison sentence and perhaps a hefty fine.
According to records, the 36-year-old has a criminal history that includes aggravated battery, retail theft and drug possession. These are just some of the felony offenses that he has been convicted of in the past.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Man held on $550,000 bail in accident that killed 2 kids," Jason Meisner, March 27, 2012