Posted on June 11th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
Last month, a Chicago Police officer was allegedly intoxicated when he struck a 13-year-old boy on a bicycle with his SUV in the early morning hours. Instead of claiming responsibility for the incident, however, the officer fled the scene of the accident.
Now, the family of the young boy has filed a petition with the court to determine liability for a wrongful death lawsuit.
According to police reports, the accident occurred on May 22. The officer was taken into custody shortly after and charged with, “aggravated driving under the influence, reckless homicide and leaving the scene of the accident with death or injury.” He was also cited for transportation of alcohol and for driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street.
When other officers arrested him, they reported smelling alcohol on his breath but indicated he did not seem impaired after performing a field sobriety test. According to the Cook County state’s attorney, however, nearly four hours passed before he was given a breathalyzer test.
Driving under the influence can have serious and deadly consequences. If you were injured due to a drunk, reckless or negligent driver, call our offices at Page Cagle in St. Louis today and speak with a Drunk Driver Accident Attorney. We have the skills necessary to aggressively litigate your case, and can provide you with the help you need. Contact us today.