On Christmas Eve, a pregnant woman was killed in a DUI accident in the Chicago neighborhood of North Lawndale. According to police, 26-year-old Karla Y. Leanos was attempting to cross West Ogden when she was struck by a vehicle at approximately 9:50 p.m. That vehicle is believed to be a Chrysler, that was driven by 22-year-old Silvestre Garcia. Garcia struck Leanos and fled the scene of the accident. Leanos was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Physicians delivered her baby boy prematurely, who is listed in stable condition. Authorities were able to locate and apprehend Garcia and have charged him with DUI and other related charges. He is being held on $750,000 bond.
Despite the available statistics and education regarding the risks of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, thousands of individuals make the reckless decision to do so regularly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a driver has committed a DUI offense approximately 80 times before their first arrest. The action of DUI causes thousands of accidents annually, and Mother’s Against Drunk Driving report that every two minutes a person suffers injuries in a DUI accident. If you have lost a loved one in a DUI accident, there is no amount of money that will ease the pain you are experiencing. However, you owe it to yourself to consult a DUI accident attorney to obtain justice for your loved one and recover compensation for your damages.
The DUI accident attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth will work diligently to obtain the justice you deserve for your damages. We will work diligently to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of economic support, and mental anguish. We will plan and execute a strategy most effective for your case while supporting you throughout the process. Contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation.