In Chicago, Illinois a Lynwood woman, who was allegedly intoxicated, lost control of her car and crashed nearly two months ago, according to NWI.com. The accident resulted in the death of her passenger, a Chicago resident. Earlier this week in criminal court at 26th and California, bond was set at $200,000.
The bond is a “D Bond”, which means the defendant must post 10 percent of the bond to be released. Her next court date is set for May 18th for a preliminary hearing.
The car accident took place back on February 28, 2009 just before 3 am. (Statistically, 12 am – 3am is the most dangerous time to be on the road). The defendant was driving southbound on the Bishop Ford Expressway near 111th Street when she lost control of her car, drove into the left median, flipped over, and hit a tree.
Paramedics on the scene smelled alcohol. The defendant later was tested and she had a blood alcohol level of .19, over twice the legal limit of .08. The Illinois State Police investigated the accident. The defendant was not criminally charged until this past weekend. She was charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The passenger in the car, Michael Mayfield, a 42 year old Chicago resident, was taken by ambulance to Roseland Community Hospital where he died an hour later. It has not been reported if the family of the victim has retained a Chicago wrongful death lawyer to pursue a civil claim against the defendant’s insurance carrier.