June 26th, 2013 at 8:50 am
A 25-year-old man was charged in mid-June in connection to a May 2012 crash that killed a 13-year-old girl, and bail was set at $700,000, according to the Chicago Tribune. The man, Ronald J. Tenard, “has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated DUI in the death of Sade McGee,” who he hit while high on PCP before driving away. The crash occurred when Tenard’s 1998 Mercury Sable rear-ended a 1993 Buick LeSabre at high speed, “sending it into a fence, police and prosecutors said.” Tenard then managed to hit a parked car before he and a passenger both jumped out through the driver’s side window and ran away. They were “taken into custody nearby,” according to prosecutors and reported by the Tribune. Sade was declared dead at John H. Stroger Hospital, and a 2012 autopsy determined that the girl had died from multiple injuries resultant from the crash. While her death was originally ruled an accident, “investigators tested Tenard with a DUI kit, which later indicated he had both PCP and cannabinoids—substances indicating the use of marijuana—in his system,” according to the Tribune.
Drunk driving has long been a prevalent problem, the terrible consequences of which, according to the White House, Americans are all-too familiar. But the issue of drugged driving is more recent, and, according to the White House, the Department of Transportation and other Federal agencies alongside the Office of National Drug Control Policy are taking steps “to highlight the growing problem of drugged driving.” According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study and reported by the White House, in 2007, “approximately one in eight weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illicit drugs.” In 2010, one in eight high school seniors “reported driving after smoking marijuana within two weeks prior to the survey interview.” In 2009, just less than 4,000 fatally injured drivers tested positive for drug use after a crash in which there was suspected use of illicit substances.
If you or someone you know has been charged with drugged driving, don’t go through it alone. The most important first step is to seek the counsel of an experienced DUI attorney. Contact our offices today.
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