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Young Restaurateur Charged For Fatal DUI

Just weeks before the planned opening of his new restaurant with business partner and former Chicago Blackhawks player and coach Denis Savard, 22-year-old Nick Sord crashed his vehicle allegedly under the influence of alcohol (NBC Chicago), killing his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend.

Sord was charged with aggravated DUI and reckless homicide for the fatal accident that took place early morning on New Year's Eve. His blood alcohol concentration was 0.236, almost four times the legal limit.

Anyone who's ever worked at a restaurant (Sord comes from a restaurant-owning family) understands that heavy drinking often comes with the territory. Unfortunately, so does driving.

It wasn't clear why Sord and ex-girlfriend Jessica Mejia were palling around late at night and into the early morning. Mejia, a psychology student at the University of Illinois Chicago from New Lenox, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sord's alleged extreme intoxication obviously is being blamed for the accident. But Mejia may still be alive today if the pair had worn their seatbelts. So when Sord's Mercedes SUV hit a pole, went into a ditch and rolled over, it was the lack of a seatbelt that ultimately killed Mejia.

The Orland Park resident was held on $200,000 bond.

Sord and Savard had planned to open a restaurant (Post-Tribune) called Savard's Hall of Fame in Munster later in January, but it remains to be seen whether or not the date will be pushed back.