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Chicago man kills car passenger in DUI crash

In our last post we discussed a serious DUI car accident involving a driver who crashed into a CTA bus. Another man is also facing DUI charges after causing the wrongful death of a man who was sitting inside of a police car to keep warm after a non-injury crash.

Authorities say that the 32-year-old Chicago man hit the police car on Saturday morning on the Eisenhower Expressway. The accident happened around 1 a.m. and killed a 42-year-old man who was involved in the earlier wreck. The police car was positioned on the road to block the left two traffic lanes and had its lights activated.

The allegedly intoxicated Chicago man slammed into the rear of the police car. The civilian in the backseat was rushed to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead around 2:15 a.m. The trooper involved in the crash was taken to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment for a possible concussion. The alleged drunk driver was also treated for non-life threatening personal injuries.

"This is a tragic loss of life allegedly caused by a man who believed he was able to drive after he had been drinking," Illinois State Police Elgin District Master Sgt. Bart Lamb said in a statement. "People have got to learn that far too often drinking and driving can be a deadly combination."

Lamb added that it is important to drive sober instead of risking being involved in a similar accident and that the police department officers' hearts go out to members of the victim's family in their time of loss.

Source: Sun-Times Media, "Driver Charged with DUI, Reckless Homicide in Head-On CTA Bus Crash," Feb. 14, 2012

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