Woman Accused Of Drinking Six Vodkas Before Driving Into Bicyclist

CHICAGO (STMW) — A Joliet woman was charged with aggravated DUI after she hit a barrier and struck a bicyclist with her car on the Near West Side after allegedly downing six vodka drinks in two hours, officials said.

The North Lawndale bicyclist was in critical condition and on a ventilator after Sheila Kane’s 2008 Mercury Sable hit the barrier and flipped over before crashing into him Thursday in the 2000 block of West Madison, prosecutors said Sunday in a bond hearing.

With a blood alcohol content of .201 — more than twice the legal limit of .08 — Kane allegedly admitted to police that she had three vodka drinks before driving but refused to provide blood and urine samples, according to a police report.

Police noted Kane’s alleged bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled alcohol on her breath once she was at the hospital, and witnesses said they saw Kane consume six drinks, prosecutors said.

Kane, 30, is being treated at Stroger Hospital for a fractured vertebra but her lawyers want her transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for additional treatment.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Roberta Waker

    Let’s hope the Judge that hears her case gets her off the road for a long long time. Anyone that downs that many vodkas has a drinking problem. She should be arrested, sent to jail, and her vehicle confiscated. That will keep innocent drivers and pedestrians safe, at least for awhile.

  • Vote R

    Forget the “hoping”. The state and the county are broke. If the cycling enthusiast dies, a bullet to the brain would cure Kane’s addictions. But no-ooh, we are way too civilized for such barbaric measures. Let’s release the drunken witch back onto the public through the system credits and probations

  • PabloKoh

    It is too bad when the local and state governments have spent so much money on frivolous things that when it comes to an obvious case that should be taken to trial for a heavy charge, it will likely be just another plea deal. When we continue to spend so much time, effort and money on victimless crimes, we have little time, money and effort left over to investigate crimes with actual victims. Ride safe out there Chicago and please use a DD or flag a cab. They are everywhere at that hour.

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