Trial of Alton Man in Granite City, Illinois Crash Fatality
Posted on March 4th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
A 58-year old man is on trial this week in Madison County, Illinois for aggravated DUI charges that came from a November 2008, automobile crash in which he allegedly smashed a big lift truck into a parked small SUV, killing a pedestrian and an infant passenger. The driver’s blood alcohol level was a .02 percent, less than the legal limit in Illinois, but prosecuters point out that since the driver fled the scene of the accident, the blood test was not conducted until several hours after the crash. The crash occurred at Pontoon Road and Briarcliff Lane in Granite City. The driver is charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death. If he is convicted, he could receive up to 14 years in prison for each charge according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Also, he is charged with failure to report and accident involving a death. The charge claims that he knowingly failed to stop after the victims were killed.
In a recorded statement to police, the driver indicated that he had “blacked out”. He said that he hit something but was not aware until a friend told him that he had hit another vehicle and allegedly killed two people.
Witnesses in the trial have provided some contracting testimony. One witness indicated that she could see the SUV clearly as she saw the SUV before impact and said the lights were on. She indicated that she saw a man carrying a gas can and a baby. Another witness said she had to “slam on the brakes” to avoid hitting the SUV and she said that it was very dark
An accident reconstruction expert indicated that the truck was traveling at 50 mph in a 35 mph zone before it hit the SUV. The impact crushed the rear of the SUV and pushed it 346 feet, according to the Illinois State Trooper. Seemly, the father driving the SUV had ran out of gas, gathered his infant and a gas can and walked to the gas station. He had returned, placed his infant in the SUV and was putting gas into the SUV when the driver of the truck struck the SUV. Defense attorney claims that the father was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine when the crash occurred. The defense attorney further claimed in his opening statements that the “darkness and the father’s actions were the cause of the crash, which was not his client’s fault”.
Everyone will be watching for the outcome of this case and an opportunity to analysis the facts. Tragedies involving alcohol such as this are avoidable. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck crash involving alcohol, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney right away to safeguard your financial security and have your rights as a victim vigorously represented.
Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm has extensive experience in representing clients that have been victims of other people’s negligence in accidents with and without alcohol. Contact the firm today for a free consultation to determine if you have a personal injury or wrongful death claim. 1(314) 276-1681