Illinois drivers who operate vehicles while impaired may suffer consequences commensurate with the accidents they cause. One resident of Illinois is in custody following a hit-and-run accident that took the life of a toddler in the neighboring state of Iowa.
It was a tragic Mother's Day for family of a two-year-old killed in the collision. Witnesses and a family friend described the events in Burlington, Iowa. They gave statements to police describing the vehicle and provided other details, resulting in a man from Illinois taken into custody.
A family friend explained she had been cooking for the children and wasn't aware they were playing outside. The little girl's brother came in and said his sister had been hit by a car. The family friend held the little girl and tried to administer CPR while they dialed 911. She lost the girl's pulse, though, and the little girl died in her arms.
A tip to police resulted in the search of a vehicle believed to have left the scene at the time of the accident. The owner of the vehicle, a 34-year-old male, had allegedly struck the child and abandoned the scene.
The burgundy Dodge truck contained evidence that the man had caused the accident. Investigators believe alcohol may have played a role. Police have stated there was no wrongdoing on the part of the parents and was not a result of poor supervision. They believe the event was simply a tragic accident.
The suspect was taken into custody and later held in a Des Moines county jail. Family and friends are devastated and are hoping for justice.
In Illinois and in other states in the U.S., it is illegal to drink alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel. If you are involved in a fatal accident, it is never a good idea to leave the scene. As road tragedies mount on public roads, it is wise to exercise caution while driving, especially at night and when small children are present. In this case, the man from Illinois was believed to have been under the influence. His best option is to seek legal assistance to determine what his rights are under the law.
Source: Quad Cities, "Illinois man charged after toddler dies in Burlington hit-and-run" Katrina Lamansky, May. 11, 2014