Chicago, IL - Police say a drunk driver was twice the legal limit when she struck and killed a man walking in a crosswalk early Saturday morning.
Bianca Garcia, 21, was intoxicated while speeding in a Jeep Liberty about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Witnesses say they watched as Garcia lost control of the vehicle and struck 32-year-old Jesse Bradley in a crosswalk. Instead of stopping and helping the man, the drunken moron drove away. She was stopped a few blocks away after turning the wrong way on a one-way street.
Garcia refused to take field sobriety tests but admitted to police she’d been drinking in at least three bars before the accident. After being taken to the hospital it was determined she had a blood alcohol content of .168, more than double the legal limit.
While Bianca Garcia was refusing field sobriety tests, Bradley, a law student currently on leave from Northwestern University, was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Garcia was charged with aggravated DUI resulting in death, DUI and reckless driving, ticketed for driving the wrong way on a one-way street and not having a driver’s license or insurance. She was already facing charges of criminal trespass to property and marijuana possession stemming from an arrest on Valentine’s Day.
The writing was already on the wall, as Garcia has been pulled over at least six times in the last five years, including a DUI when she was only 17. Back in 2008, on New Year’s Day, she was pulled over after being observed weaving in and out of traffic. Police would find an open container of alcohol in the vehicle along with her two underage friends who were so drunk that police took them to the hospital for alcohol poisoning.
Garcia would pay over $1000 in fines for that incident and complete a year’s court supervision. I don’t think she’s going to get off so lightly this time. At least, I hope. As an avid consumer of alcohol, I absolutely abhor people who drive drunk.
I know Athena hates when I say this, but I feel drunk drivers who kill someone should be charged with second-degree murder. They are no different than someone unloading an AK-47 into a crowd of people, with no intentions of shooting anyone. In both cases, if someone is killed by their actions, the death was caused by dangerous conduct and the offender’s obvious lack of concern for human life. That, by legal definition, is second-degree murder.
(*holds up two finger peace sign, kisses fingers, taps them to chest then slams microphone on ground while stepping off soapbox*)Tags: alcohol, Bianca Garcia, Crime, DUI, Hit and Run, Illinois, Jesse Bradley