Romeoville Resident Convicted of DUI in Near-Fatal Chicago Bicyclist Crash

drunk-driving-40575_640On August 6, 2019, Chicago’s Central District announced a significant development in a summer crash that severely injured one bicyclist. According to police, the female driver allegedly responsible for the crash admitted to her crime on Tuesday afternoon.

Kristen Levasseur of Romeoville now faces two felony charges involving DUI and hit-and-run. In a recent hearing, Judge Susana Ortiz of Cook County set Levasseur’s bail at $100,000.

The accident in question occurred early on June 25, 2019, in the River North area of Chicago. Allegedly, the driver of a dark Scion tC collided with a bicyclist in West Grand Avenue’s 400 block at around 1:00AM. The Scion had already fled the scene as first responders arrived.

When the bicyclist reached the hospital he was already suffering from significant head trauma. Although the crash victim is expected to survive, doctors fear he will have to deal with significant neurological issues for the rest of his life.

Eyewitness accounts of the crash suggested the Scion suffered significant damage to the front window and passenger side mirror. Recent details suggest Levasseur called a professional technician to replace these damaged areas shortly after the crash.

Under , adult drivers could be arrested for DUI if their blood-alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 or higher. A first offense could carry penalties such as restricted driving privileges, a suspended vehicle registration, fines, and community service.

Since recreational marijuana is now legal in Illinois, cops are screening drivers for THC content. Anyone found with over 5 nanograms of THC or 10 nanograms of other intoxicating substances in their bloodstream could be arrested for DUI. Non-alcoholic drugs such as cocaine and marijuana are involved in roughly 18% of motor vehicle-related deaths.

For more information on Chicago’s current DUI laws, feel free to read through this official PDF. You could also find out more about bicyclist safety in Chicago by checking out this webpage.

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