According to prosecutors today, a man with a history of drunken driving had a blood-alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit when he ran a red light and killed a woman crossing the street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Tuesday.
Sam Manyfield, 69, of Chicago, had his bail set at $350,000. He appeared in court on charges of aggravated DUI involving a death and reckless homicide in the crash that killed Yvonne Williams, 52.
Manyfield, of the 400 block of West 126th Street, was also cited with failure to yield to a pedestrian; driving on a suspended license; driving without insurance; and leaving the scene of an accident.
Manyfield, according to prosecutors, was driving his Jeep Cherokee north on Ashland Avenue about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday when he ran a red light at 46th Street. He struck Williams as she was crossing Ashland in a crosswalk. Witnesses saw the Cherokee continue north after the crash, going through an alley toward 45th Street.
A Chicago police sergeant pulled the SUV over on 45th Street, and when Manyfield got out of the vehicle he “could barely stand up under his own power,” according to Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Waller.
“An empty bottle of gin fell from the Jeep when the defendant got out,” Waller said.
Manyfield was taken to Mercy Hospital, where upon testing his blood-alcohol content was determined to be 0.316 percent, or nearly four times the legal limit of 0.08 percent, Waller said.
Manyfield’s driver’s license was currently suspended for failing to appear on a traffic ticket, Waller said. He has a 1992 conviction for DUI for which he received court supervision; as well, he has several convictions for driving on a suspended license.
Records show Manyfield also was ticketed with DUI four other times between 1997 and 2005 but the charges were eventually dropped.
Williams was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital of Cook County.
More on this DUI fatality can be found at the Chicago Tribune story of July 7 titled “Bail set at $350k for man charged in fatal DUI hit-and-run crash.”
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has published statistics regarding Fatal Alcohol-Related Crashes as seen in the 2009 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics (pdf), p36. As can be seen in the 2009 (the latest available year) statistics, the most common (39%) time of such crashes is between 12-3:59 a.m. The most common day of the week is Sunday, at 29%.
The characteristics of the aforementioned pedestrian fatality, which took the life of Yvonne Williams, occurred at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. According to the IDOT statistics, Fatal Alcohol-Related Crashes occur on Tuesdays 4% of the time; and between 8-11:59 a.m. 3% of the time.