Man Charged in Fatal Crash

June 14th, 2013 at 11:27 am

Man Charged in Fatal Crash IMAGEBenjamin J. Black, 28, of Sycamore, was arrested in May in connection with the February crash that killed 11-year-old Matthew Ranken, according to the Chicago Tribune. Black “had heroin in his system when he caused a chain-reaction” incident, in which he “failed to stop for a line of cars that were halted because of another crash.” Several other motorists were also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Black’s arrest is just one of many in the Chicago area involving heroin use. According to ABC Local Chicago, “heroin addiction is a growing problem across Illinois” and law enforcement, doctors, family members of community leaders are “trying to confront the problem.”

And it’s not just in the inner city that heroin use is a growing problem, according to ABC Local. One retired Chicago police officer, John Roberts, had moved his family from the city to the suburbs upon retirement, and it was there that his “son started using heroin and eventually died from an overdose,” reports ABC Local. Roberts told ABC that he “was shocked that he did not know how dangerous it was. And I was shocked that many other kids his age were involved with drugs and heroin.”

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics and reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “more than 16 percent of weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter medications. More than 11 percent tested positive for illicit drugs.” A different study, according to the NIDA, found that in Maryland, 34 percent of car accident victims tested positive for drugs only, while only 16 percent tested positive for alcohol only. The institute notes that because this represents only one geographic location, findings cannot be generalized, but the numbers are concurrent with a spike in illicit drug use in the Chicago area.

Black has been charged with aggravated DUI and faces incarceration if convicted. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime such as this, don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Chicago-area DUI attorney today.

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