MARKHAM, Ill. — A man from south suburban Chicago is under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol after driving into the rear of a Markham fire engine. The collision killed the passenger in the vehicle and injured a firefighter. The deadly crash occurred on early Saturday morning, March 9, 2019, on Interstate 57 according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The driver who was placed under arrest by Illinois State Police remains hospitalized with severe injuries. However, treating physicians expect the driver to survive. The Illinois State Police continue to pursue the investigation of this fatal collision.
The driver of a 2007 Chevy sports utility vehicle faces charges of aggravated driving under the influence according to a narrative report issued by the Illinois State Police. Investigators say that the driver of the SUV, a 34-year-old man from Aurora, Ill., drove northerly on I-57. Around 3:10 a.m., Illinois State Police say that the 37-year-old plowed into the back of a fire engine from the Markham Fire Department. The firetruck from Markham was at that location because it had arrived to assist first responders with an accident a short time before the fatal crash occurred.
The passenger of the Chevy SUV, a 32-year-old man from the Far South Side neighborhood of Altgeld Gardens, succumbed to his injuries about an hour after crews transported him to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Medics also transported the driver of the SUV to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Troopers placed that man under arrest. The injured firefighter also went to Christ Medical Center for treatment of injuries described as minor. The Cook County coroner found that the cause of death was numerous injuries sustained in the accident. The coroner ruled the man’s death an accident.
The driver remained in police custody as of Monday afternoon. On Sunday, a Cook County judge presided over a preliminary hearing in the hospital. The judge set bail at $50,000.00. The driver is expected to appear in court on Tuesday to formally face charges. The driver remains innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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