One man is dead and another is being held in police custody after a car crash claimed the life of a 25-year-old Bloomington resident. Pennsylvania authorities have reason to believe the driver involved in the accident may have been intoxicated behind the wheel. That individual has been charged with aggravated drunk driving as well as several other charges pertaining to this case.
According to the Bloomington Sheriff's Police, a 23-year-old man was driving on a county road not far from Illinois Route 9 when the accident occurred. The man, whose identity has not been released by police at this time, apparently did not stop at the intersection of Route 9, and then proceeded to lose control of the vehicle around 3 a.m. The car left the road and struck a tree.
The force of the impact killed the 25-year-old passenger, who is said to have died of head trauma. The driver was also injured, but he was later released from the hospital and taken directly to the county jail. He now stands charged with aggravated DUI, aggravated reckless driving, failure to reduce speed, failing to report an accident and obstructing justice. If he is found guilty, he could face significant penalties, including fines and prison time.
Of course, Illinois prosecutors will need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the man was guilty of drunk driving. However, even blood and breath tests can be challenged in court, which is why the man's criminal defense team will carefully review the actions of the officers on the scene. If issue can be taken with any step of the law enforcement investigation and/or arrest process, particularly if the man's rights were infringed upon, defense could argue to bar the evidence from use in court.
Source: wjbc.com, "Police: Bloomington man killed in drunk driving crash", Howard Packowitz, May 10, 2018