GENEVA, IL- The dailyherald.com reports that a 24-year-old man is facing several charges in relation toa car accident that occurred on Saturday, May 26, 2018. The driver, Christopher J. Kinney, was on Peck Road traveling south in a Chevrolet Cavalier at about 8:10 p.m. when he attempted to pass a Chevrolet Express that was in the left-hand turn lane. Kinney hit the Express and continued to drive to Fabyan Parkway where he struck a guardrail. Although Kinney’s car was damaged, and reportedly had a flat tire, he managed to make it to Bliss Road located in Sugar Grove.
Police attempted to stop Kinney, but he did not pull overuntil reaching a police roadblockon Route 47. A witness managed to call the police to report Kinney’s actions and to video the attempted escape.
Kinney is now facing charges for driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, driving an uninsured vehicle, and for improper lane usage.
No injuries were reported from Kinney’s actions, but the collisions caused property damage.
In 2013, usatoday.com published an article stating that fatal hit-and-run accidents were increasing in the United States even while overall traffic-relatedfatalities were on the decline. According to the CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Peter Kissinger, drunk driving is a major contributing factor in many hit-and-run cases.
Drivers who are drunk, or in violation of another traffic law are more likely to flee the scene of a collision because they knowthat they will be facing additional charges if they are caught. Many states have taken steps towards tougher penalties for leaving the scene of an accident in an effort todeter people from trying to flee the scene of a crash.
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