Driver Ticketed in Fatal ATV Crash

January 27th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Generally, when one thinks of a DUI charge, it applies to someone who has been driving a car. However, this is not always the case. A DUI charge in Illinois may apply if you are driving another form of vehicle such as a boat, small watercraft, or even an all-terrain vehicle.

atv crashThe recent case of 24-year-old Katheryn J. Daly is a good example. According to The News-Gazette, Daly was driving a John Deere Gator on County Road 1700 E on October 6 when she hit a patch of wet gravel. The vehicle skidded out of control, left the road, and eventually rolled onto its side. The passenger, Katheryn Daly’s 19-year-old cousin Annie Daly, was trapped underneath the vehicle and later died of her injuries.

Katheryn Daly admitted to police that she had been drinking earlier that night at a relative’s house, and failed field sobriety tests. A blood-alcohol test administered at the county jail revealed that her blood-alcohol concentration was 0.13 percent, well over the Illinois state DUI limit of 0.08 percent. She has been charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. She is scheduled to appear in court on November 8.

She faces serious penalties under the law, which may include hefty fines and jail time.

DUI laws are complicated, and it can be difficult to know where your case falls, or how the law applies. Whether you were driving a car, all-terrain vehicle, or watercraft if you have been accused of a DUI offense, contact an experienced DUI attorney in Illinois that you can trust. Our professionals can help you ensure that your case is being treated fairly under the law, and make sure that you receive adequate representation in court. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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