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According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, 33 year old Andrew Jones is being held on a $500,000.00 bond in a drunk driving crash that killed his girlfriend earlier this week. No one else was seriously injured in the accident.
It is reported that Chantelle Jones was just 26 years of age at the time of the accident. She was riding in the front seat of the Saturn that was being driven by her boyfriend. While it was not made clear whether or not Jones was also under the influence, it was apparent to first responders that Andrew Jones had been drinking. At some point, Jones was traveling at a high rate of speed when he ran into a viaduct located at 16th and Western. The vehicle struck the viaduct with such force that it was split in half. Chantelle was found outside of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at nearby Mount Sanai Hospital a few hours after the crash. Andrew Jones sustained only minor cuts and bruising. He was treated and released from the hospital.
Upon further investigation, Andrew Jones was reported as having a blood alcohol level of .179. The legal limit in Illinois is .08, so he was over twice the limit. He has been charged with two felonies; aggravated driving under the influence as well as reckless homicide. He has also been charged with driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance; both of which are misdemeanors.
If you or a family member have been involved in a vehicular crash as a result of a negligent driver, an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney can assist you in assessing if you can file a claim in court. If there has been a fatality, you can file a wrongful death claim. Even if there are criminal charges in the case, you can still file a civil suit.