A man in Glendale Heights is facing serious charges following a fatal car accident believed to be predicated on intoxication. The 21-year-old Illinois resident is charged with aggravated DUI and reckless homicide after the accident that claimed two lives early on March 20. His attorney will review the facts of the case in advance of a trial date in order to build a strong homicide and DUI defense.
According to Kane County police, the accident happened around 1:40 a.m. when the man allegedly lost control of his vehicle on a roadway. His car collided with another passenger car carrying two individuals, a 26-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man. The force of the impact killed both people, and county coroners have begun the autopsy process. The woman has been confirmed to have died from multiple injuries, while the man's autopsy had not yet begun as of the date of the media report.
The 21-year-old and an unidentified female passenger in his vehicle were transported to a local hospital with injuries described as not life-threatening. Toxicology samples were taken from the driver in an effort to corroborate the belief of law enforcement that he was intoxicated behind the wheel at the time of the accident. He was expected to make his first court appearance on March 22.
Creating a strong DUI defense, especially when the charges include homicide, can be a challenging task. However, the man's defense representation will work diligently to understand all aspects of the events leading up to the accident in order to protect his interests and fight for a favorable result. The onus of proof lies with Illinois prosecutors who will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the man was drunk or high behind the wheel, contributing materially to the fatal crash.