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Kaneville Township, Illinois - Police Arrest Gigiola Akin For Suspected DUI After 3 Injured In Accident

Keslinger and Dauberman Roads
Published: August 21, 2018
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on November 23, 2020

Police Arrest Woman For Multi-Injury Suspected DUI Crash

Police in Kaneville Township arrested an Aurora woman on charges of driving under the influence following a two-vehicle accident that hospitalized three people on August 18. The accident occurred at around 11:15 a.m. and resulted in the closure of the intersection of Keslinger and Dauberman Roads for about eight hours.

According to investigators, 28-year-old Gigiola Akin was driving a Dodge Avenger north on Dauberman and ran through a stop sign, striking a Ford F450 truck being driven by an unnamed 75-year-old St. Charles man driving east on Keslinger. That man, along with Akin and her passenger, were brought to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva for treatment.

Akin has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and disobeying a stop sign.

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Financial Compensation For Drunk Driving Victims in Illinois

Have you or a loved one been hit by a drunk driver? Attorney contributor and DUI victim lawyer Guy D'Andrea adds some of his thoughts on legal recourse for drunk driving accident victims:

After a car accident, it’s important to determine who was at fault for causing the accident. Once this is determined, the other driver often has grounds to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. Determining fault can be complicated in many accident cases, but drunk driving cases are usually more straightforward, as driving drunk is an obvious example of negligence.

In addition to having a strong case for a claim against the drunk driver, victims often also have grounds for a lawsuit against a negligent third party. According to Illinois dram shop laws, alcohol vendors (like bars, nightclubs, liquor stores, etc.) can be held liable for injuries suffered by drunk driving victims if the following circumstances apply:

  • The individual who caused the accident was intoxicated when the accident occurred
  • The alcohol vendor sold or gave alcohol to the intoxicated person, who consumed it
  • The alcohol given to the person by the vendor caused the intoxication
  • The victim’s injuries resulted from the intoxication, and
  • The victim suffered personal injuries or property damage as a result of the intoxication.

Unlike dram shop laws in most other states, Illinois does not have a “visibly intoxicated” requirement – meaning that even if the person they served was not already visibly intoxicated, the alcohol vendor could potentially still be held liable for damages.

If you’re curious about your legal options after being involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, we suggest discussing your case with an experienced DUI victim lawyer.

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