Driver Issued DUI and Citation for Improper Phone Use Following a Crash on Route 316
CHARLESTON, IL- Jg-tc.com writes that a man from Indiana was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was using a cell phone when he caused a car accident that caused the death of a woman from Mattoon. The collision took place in Coles County on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at about 11:40 in the morning.*
The driver facing charges was identified as 56-year-old James W. Miller who is from Terre Haute. Miller was traveling south on Loxa Road when he went through the intersection with Illinois Route 316 without stopping at the stop sign. Miller struck the victim’s vehicle on its driver’s side as her vehicle was traveling east through the intersection.
The victim, 38-year-old April L. Fisher, died at the site of the collision.
Miller was injured in the crash as well. He was transported to the Carle Foundation Hospital by helicopter. As of Wednesday, Miller was listed as being in good condition.
In addition to charges for DUI and cellphone use, Miller received citations for failing to reduce his speed to avoid an accident, and for disobeying a stop sign.
Drivers who operate their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol are responsible for close to one out of every three traffic-relatedfatalities. While drink-drivinghas decreased over the last few decades, alcohol-impaireddrivers are still a major cause for concern on the road. Distracted driving, especially from cell phones, has become a leading cause of fatal car accidents as well. Laws to curb this dangerous behavior are sometimes difficult to enforce, and many people still use their phones while driving on a regular basis.
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