Posted On: August 6, 2007 by Christopher T. Hurley

Drunk driver kills three in Chicago collision

On early Saturday morning a drunk driver ran a red light at the intersection of 47th Street and South King Drive on Chicago's South Side and killed three people in their 20's. A Chicago Tribune article by Jason Meisner describes the occurence.

Chicago police charged the drunk driver allegedly responsible for the collision with reckless homicide, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and driving under the influence. Chicago police also ticketed the drunk driver for driving without insurance, disobeying a red light, speeding and failure to yield.

The families of the victims in this case would have causes of action against the allegedly drunk driver responsible for the accident for negligence and willful and wanton conduct. The families may also have claims for damages under the Illinois Dram Shop Act, 235 ILCS 5/6-21 against anyone, including a bar or restaurant, that sold or gave liquor to the alleged intoxicated motorist, causing her intoxication at the time of the occurrence.

Dram Shop Act cases have a strict one year statute of limitations under the Illinois statute. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you should consult legal counsel immediately.

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