A Chicago man has been arrested due to his alleged involvement in a deadly Illinois pedestrian accident that took place on a South side on Saturday. NBC news is reporting that Chicago police officers believe he was drinking at the time of the hit-and-run accident.
The defendant, age 36, resides in the 6900 block of S. Laflin St. and he has been charged with aggravated DUI. The collision resulted in the death of a 35-year-old woman.
The at fault driver was also cited for improper lane usage, hitting a pedestrian in the road, and driving without a valid insurance. It is further alleged that his blood-alcohol level was above the 0.08 limit, but test results have not been released.
The accident took place early Saturday morning around 2:15 AM in the 7300 block of South Racine. After the defendant struck the pedestrian he fled from the scene. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday for a bond hearing.
The victim was taken by ambulance to Advocate Christ Medical Center where she was pronounced dead a short time later, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. An autopsy on Saturday confirmed that that the pedestrian died from injuries sustained in the accident. The Chicago Police Department’s major accident investigation unit handled the crash investigation.
Due to the fact that the at fault driver was reportedly uninsured, when a Chicago wrongful death lawyer gets involved in the case he or she will look to pursue an uninsured motorist claim against the pedestrian victim’s own auto insurance policy.