A man who was once a North Chicago police officer will face 10 years behind bars after an accident that took two lives and caused serious injuries to another person. He pleaded guilty during the case. All three counts were for aggravated drunk driving.
The accident happened when the man climbed into an SUV and started down Lake Shore Drive. He was under the influence of alcohol at the time, and the evidence that was taken after the crash showed that he even had a blood alcohol content of more than double the legal limit. While driving, he went into the wrong lanes -- he was traveling north, but he began to drive in the southbound lane -- and he was also speeding.
While doing so, his SUV slammed into a Jeep that was coming the other direction. Two young men in the Jeep died as a result. A young woman was badly injured, but she did survive.
The ex-officer did seem apologetic when talking to the families of those who had been killed. He claimed responsibility for what had happened and said that, were it possible, he would rather be dead if it meant that the young men would have lived.
One mother stated afterwards that she could forgive him for what had happened, but the other could not.
There are different considerations for the families of those who are involved in a car accident, depending on the outcome, but those families could have a right to start a civil lawsuit. If they lost a loved one, they could seek compensation relating to trauma or lost wages; if injuries occurred and the person lived, they could look into medical expenses and other damages.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "North Chicago cop gets 10 years in prison for fatal drunken car accident" STEFANO ESPOSITO, Apr. 26, 2014