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Teen Hospitalizes Herself And Four Others

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Karli Casey, 19, hospitalized herself and four others in an April 28 crash in Palatine. An 84-year-old victim of the crash still remains hospitalized, Assistant State's Attorney Mike Gerber said. The Chicago Tribune reported a story about the crash and Casey's court case.

Casey's bloodwork showed heroin, codeine, and cocaine after the crash. The prosecutors also said she inhaled an aerosol cleaning product before the crash. Casey's charges have been upgraded to aggravated DUI, but the story does not report any civil charges from the people injured in the crash.

The accident allegedly took place when Casey inhaled the cleaning product, causing her to pass out behind the wheel. Another teen driver had killed a 5-year-old in a crash with similar features, according to the Tribune. In the other mentioned crash, an 18-year-old woman backed her car over a family, killing a 5-year-old girl. The driver was said to have inhaled a similar compound as Casey.

Even though Casey did not kill anyone, her and her two passengers, in addition to two people in the other car had to go to a hospital after the crash. The elderly victim is still hospitalized months after the crash, while others received treatment and were released.

While cases like this bring DUI charges on the drivers from the state, the victims could also press charges. When you or a loved one are injured as a result of someone else's reckless driving, you might be eligible for compensation. In these situations, you should contact a personal injury attorney right away, because evidence fades and witnesses forget things. If you have been injured, and you wish to know whether you can receive compensation or not, contact our dedicated personal injury attorneys in Illinois.

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