Twenty years ago, a drunk driver caused an accident and killed a woman. While awaiting his sentencing, he fled to his native country of South Korea and on Friday was finally sentenced to a 5-year term in prison. The victims' family was disappointed, saying that they had hoped he would receive the maximum sentence of 14 years.
The accident took place in Bartlett, Illinois in 1996. The victim, an immigrant woman, and a passenger were riding in a car when they broke down. They were pushing the vehicle off of the roadway when the driver, who was under the influence of alcohol, struck the vehicle killing the woman and severely injuring the passenger. The driver, now 75, fled to his native country of South Korea while he was out of jail on bond. The Chicago Tribune and a reporter tracked him down and the FBI escorted him back to the United States a few months ago.
28 people are killed everyday and someone is injured every 2 minutes in a drunk driving accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The regularity of these accidents proves there are thousands of individuals making the reckless decision to drive under the influence each day. As the victim or the victims' family, you have the right to receive justice and compensation. Contacting a car accident lawyer can help you with the tragic event by recovering the maximum compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth are experienced with drunk driving cases. We have a track record of recovering millions of dollars due and helping clients recover from their traumatic experience. Our personal injury attorneys are licensed in Missouri and Illinois and we have over 95 years of combined experience. Please contact us at (314) 300-3000 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation assessment of your drunk driving accident case.
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