Woman Charged With Driving Drunk In Deadly Near North Crash

UPDATED 03/26/12 1:50 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman is charged with driving drunk in a crash over the weekend that killed a man walking near his home on the city’s Near North Side.

Bianca Garcia, 21, of the 1800 block of West 34th Street, stands charged with aggravated DUI resulting in death, DUI, reckless driving, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and not having a driver’s license or insurance, according to a police News Affairs release.

Her bond was set at $400,000 Monday.

Garcia was driving a Jeep Liberty in the 1100 block of North LaSalle Boulevard, near Elm Street, around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. She allegedly struck Jesse Bradley, 32, in a crosswalk and drove away, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

She headed south on LaSalle Boulevard and was stopped by police a few blocks away shortly after the accident, police said. Garcia is expected to appear in bond court later Monday.

Bradley, who lived on the same block, was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 2:54 a.m. Saturday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Garcia and a passenger were also taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in stable condition after the crash, police said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Throw the book at her

    LOCK HER UP! Period. The rest of us have to pay the high costs of plates, stickers, insurance, parking, unfair tickets and everything else that goes with owning a car. And SHE decides that’s it’s O.K. to just drive around. No licence. No insurance. The wrong way. And above all DRUNK?!?!?! No brains, either. LOCK HER UP FOR LIFE the way you’d lock up a murderer. No excuses. No mercy. Just goodbye.

  • franz

    Oh she will be locked up, and then an attorney paid by taxpayers like me and you will try and get her out on bail, when that fails she will still be locked up in a cell paid for by taxpayers like me and you awaiting trial to ultimately go to jail which of course will be paid for by taxpayers like me and you.

    Is it fair to say since this young lady did not see the importance of getting a drivers license or car insurance that she probably has never paid taxes either….

    Wonder how many kids she has and how much money in benefits she has collected through welfare and Link of course paid for by taxpayers like me and you.

    Bye Bye Bianca-enjoy the rest of your life

  • Frank_Comments

    The only bars she’ll ever see from now on are the ones in her cell. Tragic.

  • JD

    If you live in the city, and you party in the city, why the heck would you drive in the city in the first place? There are so many ways to ensure that you are responsible…cabs, the bus, trains…but then again nothing about this person exudes responsibility. Very selfish. And selfish people shouldn’t be allowed to walk amongst us.

  • Hamburglar

    So Bianca Garcia has enough money to get a nose ring and go out drinking in the Gold Coast, but does not have a driver’s license or insurance. Is she illegal? If so, there should have been no bond. It seems like just about every major accident in the city is caused by someone without a driver’s license or insurance.

    • the rapture

      is that her real name – just because she told the cops her name was Bianca Garcia – is that for real – as soon as some smarmy lawyer gets her out – Bianca will become someone else and run — that is until she kills again……

  • J

    Wow!…I think she’s hot!…:D

  • Alex

    Why are people out at 2:30 AM?

    • OLD VET

      maybe thens when she get’s more customers !

  • Rocky Horror Wanna Bez

    They are out at 2:30 AM because THEY are the creatures of the night,…… creatures of the night.

  • ungagnant

    the 1 way streets there confuse even “sober” suburbanites


    It’s a tragic story on both sides…She made a huge mistake that caused an innocent life and being so young she probably wasn’t thinking and now she will have to spend the rest of her life in jail, regretting that day forever!

  • jo

    that suck n still people never learn.. dnt drink n drive not worth it. leave ur car n take a cab. its not worth it. n now somone is dead

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