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Man Charged in Fatal 2012 Crash

June 26th, 2013 at 8:50 am

Man Charged in Fatal 2012 Crash IMAGEA 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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Affluent Woman Charged In Death of Young Girl

October 19th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

At least one Hispanic activist in Chicago has raised the question of whether or not the 18-year-old woman who killed a 5-year-old girl while driving under the influence on Labor Day weekend received preferential treatment, according to the Chicago Tribune. Highland Park’s mayor had “harshly criticized prosecutors for delays,” and just hours afterward authorities announced that a “misdemeanor DUI charge” had been filed against Carly A. Rousso for the death of Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento.

According to the Tribune, Rousso’s parents help to run an arts center in the affluent North Shore suburb in which she lives. Highland Park Deputy Police Chief David Schwarz initially told the Tribune that “until toxicology results along with other evidence is evaluated, it is a Class A misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence.” This raised questions of a rich girl being let off the hook in the death of a poor, Hispanic child. According to the Tribune, “Margaret Carrasco, a community activist involved with the north suburban Hispanic community, applauded the mayor for applying pressure in the death of the girl.”

While Jaclyn was the only death resulting from the accident, Rousso also injured Jaclyn’s mother, Modesta, and her two brothers when she lost control of the Lexus coupe she was driving, crossed several lanes of traffic, and slammed into the family on the sidewalk.

And the pressure paid off. According to Chicago CBS News, Rousso was charged with aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide just a couple of weeks after the crash. Rousso is also charged with causing injuries sustained by Jaclyn’s family. Toxicology reports revealed that Rousso had most likely been “huffing” the contents of the cleaning product that was found in her car. According to CBS, Judge Raymond Collins set Rousso’s bond at $500,000.

The charging of Rousso is a victory for political activists who believe that the rich can often get away with murder when using their political connections. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime such as this, and can’t rely on connections, your best bet is to hire a dedicated and experienced Illinois DUI lawyer. We can help you beat the charges and get your life back on track.

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