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Fatal Illinois auto accident leads to aggravated DUI charges

A deadly Southern Illinois car crash that occurred back on May 8, 2010 has resulted in a motorist being charged with aggravated DUI, according to TheTelegraph.com. The 30-year-old driver, a resident of Carlinville, Illinois, has been charged with an information that was filed in Macoupin County Circuit Court. A judge has set bond at $100,000.

The charges allege that the defendant was driving a 2007 Chevy Malibu eastbound on Illinois Route 108 when he drove off the road and rolled the vehicle several times. Four occupants in the car were ejected and one of the passengers, a 27-year-old Bethalto resident, died at the scene.

The driver and two other passengers were taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. The extent of their injuries have not been reported.

Police were initially unsure as to who was driving the vehicle. After investigation by the Illinois State Police (District 18) and the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department, they determined that the defendant was driving. The facts that led to that determination were not reported.

It was also not reported whether an Illinois car crash lawyer is involved in the case or if a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the victim’s family against the driver.