Chicago, IL (July 23, 2020) – A man has been charged with the death of a woman following a vehicle collision in Chicago on Sunday, July 19. The site of the crash was reportedly located at the intersection of Archer Avenue and Cicero Avenue. At around 4:45 p.m., 41-year-old Luis Alverado was driving a black Chevrolet Malibu southbound on Cicero Avenue when he ran a red light at the intersection, slamming into another vehicle driven by 76-year-old Patricia A. Wickers.
Wickers was ejected from her vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by responding paramedics. Alverado was reportedly traveling at 76 miles per hour at the time of the crash. He later told authorities that he was high on PCP when he struck Wicker’s Honda prelude and caused the fatal accident. The force of the impact caused the Honda to almost split in half, according to reports from the scene.
Alverado’s license was reportedly suspended. He also has a history of criminal activity, including leaving the scene of a crash last year. Other previous charges include armed robbery, assaulting an officer, and drug possession.
No further updates on the crash are available at this time. An ongoing investigation into the accident is underway.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Patricia A. Wickers at this time.
Deadly DUI Crashes in Chicago
Using illicit and even prescription drugs can make driving a car extremely unsafe, such as the case with drinking and driving. In 2018, an estimated 20.5 million people aged 16 or older reported driving under the influence within the previous year, and 12.6 million drove under the influence of illicit drugs. Estimated show that nearly 44% of fatal crashes reported each year involves a driver under the influence.
Each day, around 30 people are killed in drunk driving accidents. On average, that is one death every 50 minutes. Each year, drunk drivers are responsible for 10,000 traffic fatalities reported annually across the United States.
Family members are often left reeling after a loved one’s life is tragically cut short due to the negligence of another, and recovering can be a difficult battle for surviving family members who are left to pick up the pieces. It is only natural to want to grieve, and pursuing a lawsuit is usually the least of their concerns. However, an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can potentially help your family recover financial compensation resulting from your devastating loss.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we take the utmost care and deliberation to do everything possible to obtain compensation for our clients after they have suffered the loss of a dear family member. Our Illinois wrongful death attorneys can support your family through this difficult time and bring you some peace of mind, while making sure that the at-fault party is held responsible. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 if you have unfairly lost a family member in a deadly Illinois car accident.
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