A Plainfield man has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) for his role in causing the death of another area resident during a four-car crash along Interstate 355 on Saturday, Jan. 20.
Dispatchers with the Illinois State Police (ISP) first started receiving reports of a crash along the southbound portion of I-355 in Will County shortly after 1:52 a.m., that fateful morning.
Although the investigation is still ongoing, an ISP spokesperson has noted that they gathered together enough information from witnesses to the crash and toxicology results necessary to charge one of the motorists with DUI. Further charges may be forthcoming, especially in light of the fact that one other motorist involved in the crash fled the scene soon thereafter.
As for the 31-year-old decedent, he originally survived the incident. He was transported from the crash scene to Bolingbrook’s AMITA Hospital with what’s been described by police as multiple injuries. A representative with the Will County Coroner’s Office said he passed away just minutes after his arrival there at 2:33 a.m.
The 36-year-old motorist ultimately arrested for the DUI was the only other motorist to suffer injuries in the crash. He was placed under arrest as soon as he recovered from them. ISP reports that no other motorists were believed to have been hurt in the accident.
Drunk driving crashes rarely result in minor injuries for victims involved in them. Instead, they often leave them either permanently disabled or dead. If your loved one has suffered catastrophic injuries or has died at the hands of a negligent or drunk driver, then a Chicago motor vehicle accident attorney may advise you of your right to file a lawsuit in your case.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “1 dead, 1 charged with DUI after 4-vehicle crash on I-55,” Frank Vaisvilas, Jan. 20, 2018