Woman Charged In Fatal DUI Accident On Chicago’s West Side

A Chicago woman, Ashley Johnson, has been charged in connection with a fatal Hit & Run accident early Sunday morning on Chicago’s West Side.

Prosecutors said Ashley Johnson, 22, was driving home from a bridal shower at the time of the accident. She was driving her Chrysler coupe eastbound on West Jackson Boulevard about 3:30 a.m. when she struck David Bunch, 49, who was crossing Jackson (at Homan Avenue) with a friend. The impact sent Bunch flying 120 feet across the intersection.

Bunch, of the 3500 block of West Douglas Boulevard, was pronounced dead a short time later at Stroger Hospital.

Johnson continued driving and parked her car in an alley near her home. According to prosecutors, it was found by investigators a short time later with significant front-end damage. Prosecutors say that Johnson came to the Harrison District Police headquarters over an hour later and admitted she had struck Bunch.

Johnson submitted to a DUI test after she turned herself in; the results are still pending.

Johnson was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury or death, driving without a license, and failure to use due care with a pedestrian.

More details can be found in the July 12 Chicago Tribune story titled “Chicago woman charged in fatal hit-and-run on West Side.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has published statistics regarding Fatal Alcohol-Related Crashes(pdf) as seen in the 2009 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics, 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 David Bunch, occurred around 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning, which is found within this most common day and time parameters regarding Fatal Alcohol-Related Crashes.

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