The loss of a child is every parent's worst nightmare. However, the thought that a person may be involved with the events leading up to the death of their child is even more devastating. A crash in Illinois that took the life of a 4-year-old boy has also resulted in a DUI charge against the boy's father.
The accident happened in the early morning hours of a day in early May. The 29-year-old man was driving a sports utility vehicle that contained three young children in the backseat. Reports indicate that the vehicle struck a median before flipping. All three children were ejected from the vehicle.
The 4-year-old boy died at the scene, and the two other children, ages 7 and 2, were transported to an area hospital for treatment. They are in critical condition. The driver was also transported to the hospital but is expected to recover from his injuries. The man now faces a drunk driving charge as well as a charge related to speeding. It is unclear at this time how the man's level of sobriety was determined or what his blood alcohol level was at the time of the accident.
It is easy to make assumptions in this case, simply based on the time the accident took place. However, the criminal charges filed against the grieving father must be based on something other than bare assumption. An Illinois prosecutor will have to provide enough evidence to prove that the father is guilty of the DUI charge beyond a reasonable doubt. Failure to do so must result in a not guilty verdict. Until --and only if -- that verdict is given, the man is presumed to be innocent in the eyes of the law.
Source: CBS Chicago, "Father Charged With DUI In Crash That Killed Son, 4", , May 5, 2014