A Chicago area accident has resulted in the death of a woman, and criminal charges against an alleged drunk driver, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. The accident occurred on Monday just after 5 AM at Balmoral Park Racetrack in Crete, Illinois.
Will County prosecutors allege a 41-year-old man was intoxicated when he drove his truck into a horse on the track, killing a woman that was riding it. They allege the motorist drank approximately five or six shots while at a barn at the track prior to the collision.
The victim, age 25, died from head injuries, while another woman riding on the horse, age 21, sustained a fractured leg which required surgery to repair.
The driver allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.147, almost twice the legal limit. He has been charged with four counts of aggravated DUI. A Will County Judge set the defendant’s bond at $500,000 and he faces up to 14 years in prison.
It is also being reported that the defendant may have been engaged to the victim, however the victim’s family has stated that is not true.
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It has not been reported if a civil lawsuit is been filed or if a Chicago personal injury lawyer is involved in the case yet.