The aftermath of a car accident can lead to a great deal of concern and confusion. For some people, it could also lead to criminal charges if authorities believe that alcohol played a role in the accident. As a result, in addition to handling the emotional turmoil of having been in a crash, a driver could also have to contend with DUI charges.
One woman in Illinois is currently facing this type of ordeal after a recent fatal crash. According to reports, the 32-year-old woman was driving west when she failed to keep her vehicle on the road. The SUV struck a tree and overturned after leaving the roadway. The woman was able to get out of the vehicle, but the 33-year-old male passenger was trapped.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they found the woman outside the vehicle, and measures were taken to extricate the man from the SUV. Unfortunately, the accident resulted in his suffering severe injuries, which he succumbed to after being taken to the hospital. The driver was also taken to the hospital where blood and urine tests were conducted. The results allegedly indicated that the woman’s blood alcohol concentration level was three times the legal limit. As a result, she is facing a charge for aggravated driving under the influence.
Felony DUI charges can come with even more severe consequences in the event of a conviction. This Illinois woman undoubtedly did not expect her night to have such harrowing outcomes, and now she must try to handle the consequences in the best manner possible. In efforts to address her case, she may want to obtain information about her criminal defense options.