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Fatal DUI Suspect Held on $100K Bail

Twenty-three-year-old motorist Matthew Talavera, charged with a DUI that allegedly resulted in the death of his friend, 24-year-old Richard Smart, is being held on $100,000 bail (Tribune). His Illinois DUI attorney pointed out that he has no criminal background and that the victim, sadly, was his "best friend."

Results of a breathalyzer test indicate that Talavera had a blood-alcohol concentration of more than 0.270 percent, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent (Tribune).

Talavera, of Irving Park, lost control of a Dodge Durango SUV owned by Smart's parents and collided with a parked car before hitting a light pole, according to Assistant State's Attorney Angel Essig. Smart was thrown from the vehicle (most likely he was not wearing a seatbelt) and the emergency crew had to cut Talavera's seatbelt in order to remove him from the car.

Both were rushed to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where Talavera was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Smart was less fortunate and was later pronounced dead.

In addition to a DUI, Talavera was charged with driving without insurance, negligent driving and failure to keep in lanes. 

But to get a more visceral sense of the intensity of this accident, check out the Tribune's picture of the ball of broken steel and glass that was once an SUV (above links).