Drivers impaired by drug use (often called “drugged driving”) is a growing problem in the Chicago area as well as throughout the nation. The drugs typically involved vary, but common drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other opiates. Prescription drugs – either legal or illegal – can also be involved. This issue poses a heightened risk to motorcyclists for many reasons, including that drivers who are impaired may have a difficulty in “seeing” and otherwise driving around motorcyclists.
Various legal and medical aspects of this traffic safety issue are discussed on “The Danger To Motorcyclists Presented By Drugged Drivers” page.
Additional information has become available concerning a fatal April 17, 2015 DuPage County motorcycle accident in which drug use is alleged. The accident occurred in Burr Ridge.
That fatal motorcycle accident was originally discussed in the April 18, 2015 post titled “Fatal Motorcycle Accident On I-55 In Burr Ridge, Illinois.” The motorcyclist who was killed was identified as Daniel Dacanay, 30, of Chicago.
The additional information concerning the accident as well as the alleged drug use by the driver (Fawzi Ottman, 45, of Chicago) of the Chevrolet Impala that struck Dacaney is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the November 2, 2017 The Doings article titled “Chicago man pleads guilty to DUI in DuPage County crash that killed motorcyclist” as well as the November 3 Daily Herald articel titled “Report: Chicago man pleads guilty to being intoxicated during 2015 fatal DuPage County crash.”
An excerpt from The Doings article:
Fawzi Ottman, 45, of the 4900 block of West Potomac Avenue, entered a guilty plea to one count of aggravated DUI involving a death in exchange for DuPage County prosecutors agreeing to drop other counts. Ottman faces a prison sentence of three to 14 years and is not eligible for probation, prosecutors said.
An excerpt from The Daily Herald article with regard to the drug use:
Ottman had opiates, heroin and marijuana in his system at the time of the fatal accident.
Additional details concerning this fatal DuPage County motorcycle accident and the problem of drivers impaired by drug use can be seen in the sources mentioned above.
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