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2007 DUI Charges Upgraded After Victim Dies

Aggravated DUI and reckless homicide charges have been filed (Tribune) against Ali Hosseini more than two years after he slammed his SUV into motorcyclist and Chicago architect Keith Kreinik. He initially survived the accident, was in a coma for several months, and then was in and out of various extended-care facilities.

His friend and fellow Harley-Davidson enthusiast, Bill Carter, recounts his condition after the crash and up until his death:

"He came out of the coma a few times. He was able to communicate a little, but there were complications, and he just never got better." 

Forty-seven-year-old Kreinik died from his severe injuries (Tribune) on Jan. 2.  

The driver, Hosseini, originally was charged on nine counts of felony DUI that caused great bodily harm. He posted bail and had remained free during the duration of his ongoing case, but was rearrested upon news of Kreinik's death and remains in custody on a $100,000 bond.

He wasn't just allegedly drunk (his BAC reading was not disclosed or reported by the local media), but prosecutors also allege that he was under the influence of morphine, heroin and codeine at the time of the accident. Any one of those would have made most people way too sedated to drive, but the combination proved deadly.

The accident occurred on Labor Day, a notorious heavy-drinking holiday that typically sees an uptick in DUI arrests and collisions.

Kreinick's legacy is visible in building projects such as University Center, a day care center and a still-in-progress condominium building.