Police in Downers Grove arrested the man they say killed a high school student as she was crossing a road near the school. Impairment is believed to have contributed to this event. As such, this individual has been charged with felony DUI and reckless driving. As fighting felony level charges in an Illinois criminal court is a difficult task, the accused can turn to an experienced DUI defense attorney for assistance.

According to reports, the 16-year-old was in the crosswalk on Main Street at approximately 11 a.m., on Feb. 19, when she was struck by the accused, a 51-year-old male. The victim is said to have had the signal to cross. The accused allegedly ran a red light heading southbound when he hit her.

The accused was taken into custody shortly after this event. A bond hearing was scheduled for Feb. 25. Further court dates regarding this matter have not been reported.

In the state of Illinois, the consequences for felony reckless driving and felony aggravated DUI if one is convicted can be significant. The accused in this case is looking at years behind bars, fines and a number of other penalties if prosecuting attorneys are able to achieve a verdict in their favor. Fighting the charges in this case will not prove to be an easy feat, but it is still worth accused’s time to defend himself. An experienced DUI defense attorney will have the ability to review the finer details of this case, question the evidence and assist the accused in forming a defense strategy that will help him achieve the best outcome possible.