A Glenview man is facing serious charges after an accident that killed his girlfriend, according to local sources. Police in Illinois arrested the man after a car accident that claimed the life of a 28-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car at the time of the crash. The man is expected in court on Aug. 24, when he will face drunk driving charges.
According to the report, sometime around 8:30 p.m. the evening of Aug. 2, the man was headed northbound on Lake Shore Drive near the Museum of Science and Industry. Police believe he was traveling at some 90 miles per hour when he lost control of his vehicle while attempting to navigate a curve in the road. He swerved into oncoming lanes before jumping a curb and striking a tree.
His girlfriend passenger was pronounced dead of multiple blunt force injuries sometime later at a local medical center. The man, who was not wearing a seat belt, had to be extricated from the car through the window. He suffered a spinal injury, and his blood alcohol level was listed as being .14, almost twice the legal limit. He has been ordered held on $50,000 bail.
Drunk driving accidents causing fatalities are tragic and preventable, but prosecuting such a charge can be more complicated. Illinois authorities will attempt to prove he was drunk at the time of the crash, but multiple physiological factors can influence how alcohol works on an individual’s system. His criminal defense attorney may choose to revisit the particulars of the case, including when his blood was taken, to determine whether the blood sample is admissible as evidence in court.