Will, IL – The victim of a drunk driving accident in Will County, Illinois, died this week from injuries.
The Joliet Patch reports that Lucas M. Roth, age 27, will have to face serious criminal charges for a drunk driving accident that happened along Interstate 55. Additional charges have since been added in light of the victim, Michael DeBoard, age 60, passing away this week due to injuries sustained in the drunk driving accident. According to Patrick O’Neil, the Will County Coroner, the victim died this past Monday. He had been in intensive care since the horrible accident.
Illinois State Police share that Roth was drunk when he caused the fatal accident. DeBoard was heading north on I-55 at about 2:20 a.m. when Roth suddenly rear-ended him near the Bluff Road exit. The impact from the crash caused DeBoard’s 1997 Ford Aspire to run right off the side of I-55, hit an embankment, and roll over.
The Patch further reports that Roth’s 2014 Kia Optima drove off the left side of the road straight into a ditch. The drunk driver was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. He was then booked at the Adult Detention Facility in Will County on felony charges of failing to reduce speed, DUI, aggravated DUI involving bodily injury, not having a valid registration, and improper traffic lane usage.
Roth spent two days in the Will County Jail before posting bail. His court date has yet to be scheduled.
Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents in Illinois are a recurring problem. Current statistics include:
- 39% of fatal car accidents were alcohol-related in Illinois in 2013.
- 31% of fatal car accidents were alcohol-related in the United States in 2013.
- The most common BAC of drunk drivers who were involved in fatal drunk driving accidents is .17.
- In 2014 38,822 drivers were arrested for drunk driving in Illinois.
- Drivers who are between the ages of 21-24 have the highest percentage of fatal drunk driving accidents.
- 3,866 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in Illinois between 2003-2012.
- The average Illinois drunk driving offender is arrested between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. on a weekend.
- 79 percent of DUI arrests are male in Illinois.
Drunk driving accidents can have lasting affects on both the drunk driver responsible for the crash and the victim. If you have been involved in a collision that was due to someone driving while under the influence, you need a qualified drunk driving attorney in Will who will fight for you in the courtroom.
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