Fatal Illinois auto accident in northern suburbs of Chicago – felony charges filed

A Chicago area car crash that occurred in March, 2011 and caused the death of a 56-year-old Lake Barrington woman has now resulted in reckless homicide charges being filed against a 40-year-old man from downstate Illinois, according to Tribune Local.

The victim was getting into her vehicle at a car wash back on March 24 when a car being operated by the defendant southbound on US Route 12 left the roadway in the area of Honey Lake Road and crashed into the woman and a second vehicle. The second vehicle was then knocked into a third parked in front of it.

The victim and two other people were taken by Lake Zurich Fire Department ambulances to Good Shepherd Hospital. She later died from injuries sustained in the accident.

The defendant has been charged with reckless homicide and three counts of driving under the influence of drugs, all felonies. He allegedly had cannabis in his system at the time of the accident.

The defendant was arrested by the Lake Zurich Police Department last Thursday and is being held on a $1 million bond. Both the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Major Crash Assistance Team of Lake County assisted in the investigation. The state’s attorney’s office approved the criminal charges.

The Carmi Times is reporting that the defendant was traveling around 67 mph at the time of the accident. Further, police recovered marijuana from within the vehicle.

It was not reported if a civil lawsuit has been filed or if an Illinois personal injury lawyer is involved in the case.

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