It is widely known that alcohol in the system of a driver can adversely affect his or her ability to react in emergency situations. Even when drivers feel unaffected by one or two drinks and do not seem intoxicated, their reactions are often slowed. An 18-year-old passenger riding in a pickup truck with a driver who was apparently under the influence of alcohol lost his life in a 2014 drunk driving accident on an icy road in Illinois.
The 21-year-old driver recently pleaded guilty to DUI charges and resisting arrest. According to court documents, two state troopers who were stopped on the side of a White County road reportedly noticed no erratic driving when the pickup truck went past them moments prior to the accident. Three passengers who were in the vehicle said they hit an icy patch on the road. The driver was apparently unable to maintain control, and the truck went off the road and rolled over.