54-year-old Richard Kennedy would need a top accident lawyer’s expertise to face the charge of reckless homicide. The DuPage County State Attorney’s Office charged the man on Thursday, June 25th, for his role in the crash that ended the life of a woman in Lombard, Illinois.
The attorney’s office said the offense stems from a collision that occurred on Monday, June 22nd. Additionally, Kennedy is facing misdemeanor speeding and driving too fast for conditions. He appeared before DuPage County Judge Brian Telander, who set his bail bond at $50 000.
Facts from the accident report showed that the suspect at about 5:38 p.m. Monday was speeding on a wet road on Route 53. He crossed the solid lane markings into oncoming traffic and slammed into the car driven by the victim, Olivia Avila-Adame. The collision’s impact left the woman fatally injured, and Kennedy also sustained injuries, which he is still getting treated for.
In a press briefing, State Attorney Robert Berlin described the suspect’s actions as reckless and extended his condolences to the victim’s family. He reiterated to the motoring public the importance of being careful when driving, having patience, and obeying all the rules of the road.
The Lombard Police Department handled the investigation into the crash, and Chief Roy Newton described it as a sad event that did not have to happen. He urged drivers to use caution when driving, and also extended his condolences to the relatives of Avila-Adame.
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