Man Dead After April DUI Crash That Killed 2, Injured 9

CHICAGO (STMW) — An 18-year-old man died Tuesday after being injured April 30 when the alleged drunk driver of the sports-utility vehicle he was riding in crashed head-on into a car, killing two people and injuring nine others on the West Side.

Christopher Perry, 18, of the 3700 block of S. Oakley Ave., was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 3:40 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Perry was one of the 11 people inside a 2003 Mazda SUV traveling north in the 1300 block of South Kostner Avenue on April 30 when the vehicle swerved across the center lane into oncoming traffic and struck a 1995 Ford Probe head-on, police said.

The driver of the SUV was trying to pass the vehicle in front of her car when she struck the other vehicle, prosecutors said.

The crash caused the SUV to flip over, throwing some passengers who were not wearing seatbelts out of the vehicle and entrapping others, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.

Eight ambulances were dispatched to the crash, where responders found one person dead, Langford said. All 11 people in the SUV were injured, police said, while the driver of the Ford — the only person in the car — was not hospitalized.

Prosecutors said those hospitalized suffered brain and lung injuries, broken bones, fractures, back injuries and lacerations.

Jarrell Billingsley, 19, of the 5900 block of W. Walton St., was pronounced dead at 3:50 a.m. at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Lasarrah Hart, 20, of the 1400 block of S. Avers Ave., was pronounced dead at 3:52 a.m. at Stroger Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy determined both Billingsley and Hart died of cervical injuries from a vehicle collision and the deaths were ruled accidents.

Kimberly Bradley, 39, of the 1300 block of North Parkside Avenue, was charged with two counts of aggravated DUI involving an accident resulting in death, seven counts of aggravated DUI involving an accident resulting in great bodily harm, and one count of DUI involving an accident resulting in great bodily harm to a passenger under 16, police said.

Prosecutors said Bradley’s blood alcohol content after conversion was .165. She gave a handwritten statement admitting to drinking beer that night and confirming that she was the driver. She told police she lost control of the SUV and the vehicle flipped numerous times.

In addition to the felonies, Bradley was charged with misdemeanor counts of DUI, driving on a suspended license and DUI-blood alcohol content 0.08. She was also cited for driving to the left of center and operating a motor vehicle without insurance, court records said.

Bradley received two years probation in 2004 for a forgery conviction, court records said.

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  • Dee

    Some loser attorney will get her off with 20 hours of community service and a $50 fine.

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  • Roberta Waker

    Drunk with no insurance – what a surprise. Until they make driving drunk a FELONY when causing severe or fatal injuries, this will not stop. PLUS, drunk drivers like this need to serve jail time. If drivers know they can end up in jail if they drive drunk and cause serious injuries, just maybe, some of them will think TWICE and NOT drive drunk.

  • Jim

    Good grief people,please purchase a Safekey System.The cars do not start if the driver can not pass test.

    No way this guy’s car starts with the Safekey System.

    The best $300 bucks one could spend.

  • Gus

    Life in prison, no parole. This person clearly should not have been driving- suspended license and no insurance. She cannot be trusted- give her a few years in prison, she’ll get out and do it again. Throw the book at her.

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