back to top
Seidman Margulis & Fairman, LLP Menu Contact
Decades Of Experience Behind Every Case
Toll Free
888-837-3275
Chicago
312-445-9034

Chicago man sentenced to 15 years in DUI accident

A Chicago resident was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in prison as a result of a car accident he caused on the Northwest Side in 2011, leading to the death of a mother and her teenage son.

In addition to the two people killed in the crash, three others were injured as well. This included a high school student, who sustained permanent vision and hearing damage, as well as a then 3-year-old child who suffered a broken leg. Another high school student suffered a fractured pelvis.

Despite not having a valid drivers license since 2003, the convicted man continued to drive. On August 9, 2011, while pulling away from Sunnyside Ave., the victim's Honda Civic was crashed into by a Ford Mustang. While prosecutors argued that the convicted man was simply rushing to pickup his girlfriend, this was not enough to sway the jury. The Leighton Criminal Court Building found him not guilty on counts of driving while impaired, but was convicted on numerous counts of reckless homicide and aggravated DUI.

The convicted read a note at the courtroom saying, "I can't really begin to explain how sorry I am for your loss. I was driving too fast that day. It was my stupidity that caused the accident, not the use of booze or drugs."

While the convicted faced up to 28 years in prison, his sentence was only for 15 years. Of this, it is required that he serve at least 85 percent, or approximately 13 years.

Anybody involved in a car accident in which the negligent party was driving under the influence should immediately contact an experienced attorney to discuss his or her legal rights as a means of determining if filing a lawsuit to recover compensation is an option. A lawyer can answer any questions and help the injured move through the case from start to finish.


Source: 
Chicago Tribune, "Man gets 15 years in DUI accident that killed mother, son" Steve Schmadeke, Jul. 08, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Questions? SET UP A FREE CONSULTATION

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response
Super Lawyers Leading Lawyers | Find a better lawyer, faster
Seidman Margulis & Fairman, LLP

Chicago Office
20 South Clark Street
Two First National Plaza
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60603


Toll Free: 888-837-3275
Local: 312-781-1977
Fax: 312-853-2187 Map & Directions

Chicago Heights Office
12 West 15th Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411


Local: 708-754-9270
Fax: 708-756-2838 Map & Directions

Belleville Office
110 West Main Street
Suite 110
Belleville, IL 62220


Local: 618-623-4602
Fax: 224-603-8345 Map & Directions

Deerfield Office
500 Lake Cook Rd
Suite 350
Deerfield, IL 60015


Local: 847-580-4223
Fax: 847-637-5795 Map & Directions

Sunset Hills Office
10805 Sunset Office Drive
Suite 300
Sunset Hills, MO 63127


Local: 314-238-1342

Map & Directions