“Drugged Driving” Fatal Accident On Chicago’s Southwest Side

On this site “drugged driving” – which is also called drug-impaired driving – has been often discussed due to its increasing frequency and cause of many Chicago-area vehicle accidents.  [On this site such accidents and related issues are seen in posts under the “DUI” category.]

While the drugs involved in such “drugged driving” can vary broadly – and includes both illegal as well as prescription drugs – common drugs used include marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and crystal meth.

As seen in a recent report on the issue, if multiple drugs are used at the same time – or if a drug such as marijuana is used with alcohol – the drug interaction can be particularly powerful and cause the driver to be seriously impaired.  Such “mixed-drug” use has been seen in many serious Chicago-area accidents.

A recent fatal accident on Chicago’s Southwest Side allegedly involved the driver having used drugs before the crash.

The accident is described in various media sources, including the April 19, 2017 Chicago Tribune article titled “Prosecutors:  Driver in fatal accident had alcohol, marijuana, cocaine in system” as well as the April 20 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man charged with DUI in fatal Southwest Side crash.”

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article with regard to the fatal collision, which involved a car and garbage truck on April 13, 2017 in the 6300 block of South Harlem Avenue just after 4:00 a.m.:

A driver involved in an accident that killed his cousin had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit and tested positive for cocaine and marijuana, prosecutors said Wednesday.

During the collision, the backseat passenger in the Acura driven by Giovanni Roman was ejected.  That person, identified as Luis A. Roman, 26, of Chicago, was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

Both Giovanni Roman as well as a female front-seat passenger were seriously injured.  The 23-year-old woman’s injuries included a broken vertebra.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above:

Giovanni Roman, 24, was charged with one count of reckless homicide, two counts of aggravated DUI in an accident causing death, and two counts of aggravated DUI in an accident causing bodily harm, according to Chicago Police.

Additional details concerning “drugged driving” as well as the fatal accident discussed above can be seen in the sources mentioned.


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