Driver Involved In Riverside Accident Allegedly Under Influence Of PCP

Drivers who are high on drugs continues to be a substantial traffic safety issue.  These drug-impaired driver incidents have increased in frequency.  Often, due to the level of impairment of these drivers who are high on drugs, serious accidents occur.  As seen in many Chicago-area accidents, as well as those nationally, these accidents often result in various serious injuries.  Often, these injuries are life-threatening in nature and result in one or more fatalities.

On Monday (February 3, 2020) there was an accident involving a woman who allegedly was driving while under the influence of drugs.  The accident happened in Riverside, on Harlem Avenue.

This accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the February 6, 2020 La Grange Patch article titled “Hallucinating Woman Intentionally Causes Crash:  Riverside Cops.”  An excerpt:

A woman under the influence of drugs rammed the car in front of her Monday after hallucinating that the driver was trying to traffic young girls for prostitution, police said in a news release Wednesday. She ended up causing a multi-car crash. None of the injuries were reported as life-threatening. It followed a multi-car crash a day earlier in Riverside, which resulted in a drunken driving suspect’s arrest.

Riverside police said they determined Rashawna E. Beachem, 34, of Chicago, was under the influence of PCP and that her belief about the other driver was false. About 5:30 a.m. Monday, Beachem intentionally rammed the car in front of her all the way down the southbound lanes of Harlem Avenue from the 1600 block of South Harlem in North Riverside to where she crashed at Harlem and Ogden Avenue, the release said. When Beachem got to Harlem and Ogden, she accelerated south through the intersection, crashing into three cars, causing the multi-vehicle crash, police said.

As seen in the article, Beachem faces numerous charges, including DUI, reckless driving, following too closely, failure to avoid an accident, no insurance and resisting a police officer.

The accident remains under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article referenced above.


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