DuPage County Drunk Driving Alleged In Fatal Pedestrian Accident

DuPage County drunk driving continues to pose a significant traffic safety problem. As discussed in various posts throughout this site, largely seen in “DuPage County DUI” category, DuPage County drunk driving has caused many accidents involving injuries. Drivers who are driving while alcohol-impaired have been involved in many serious accidents of various types, including “head-on collisions” and vehicles being “rear-ended” – sometimes at high speeds.

On Tuesday (February 19, 2019) there was an alleged DuPage County drunk driving accident. This fatal pedestrian accident happened in Downers Grove and involved a car that struck a pedestrian. The accident occurred outside of Downers Grove North High School at the intersection of Main Street and Grant street. The driver was later charged with felony aggravated DUI.

An excerpt concerning this alleged DuPage County drunk driving accident, from the February 22, 2019 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Man Charged With Felony DUI After Allegedly Striking Student With His Car,” regarding the Downers Grove student, Beth Dunlap, hit by the car:

Dunlap was struck by a car while crossing Main Street outside the school around 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to a statement issued by DuPage County police. 

Dunlap was within a marked crosswalk and had a “walk” signal, according to police, when Kucharski’s vehicle allegedly crossed into the oncoming lanes and entered the intersection on a red light, polcie said. 

Dunlap was injured during this pedestrian accident and on Friday (February 22) it was disclosed that she “would not recover from her injuries.”

The driver of the car was identified as Joseph Kucharski, 51, of Naperville. As seen in the NBC article, he faces aggravated DUI charges as well as one count of felony reckless driving.

Additional details regarding this fatal pedestrian accident allegedly involving DuPage County drunk driving can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the February 23 Daily Herald article titled “DUI, reckless driving charges issued after Downers Grove student suffers ‘unrecoverable injuries.”

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