Posted On: March 26, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

North Side Man Charged with Causing Evanston, Illinois Car Accident, DUI, and Stealing Ambulance

In Chicago, a 30-year-old man has been charged with one count of aggravated DUI, possession of a stolen medical transport vehicle, aggravated battery of a peace officer, resisting a peace officer, driving without a license, and reckless driving. Alberto Bustamante is accused of stealing an ambulance and causing a six-auto collision while speeding through Evanston on Tuesday afternoon. He also has been cited for failing to decrease the speed of the vehicle to prevent a traffic accident and disobeying a traffic control device. Several people were injured in the Illinois motor vehicle crash.

According to a preliminary probe, Bustamante allegedly stole the ambulance from a Chicago nursing home and drove it up Chicago Avenue into Evanston where he hit a parked vehicle off of Washington. He reportedly failed to stop at the crash site and kept driving the private ambulance at a fast speed until he drove through a red light and allegedly caused the vehicle pileup at Dempster where he struck three cars, totaling two of them, before attempting to flee the crash site on foot. Bustamante reportedly struggled with police who tried apprehending him, but he was eventually taken into custody.

According to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, speeding is a factor in almost 1/3rd of all fatal US auto crashes. Not only does speeding increase the chances that a car crash will happen, but it decreases the amount of time a motorist has to avoid a crash while magnifying the severity of an auto accident.

Some Speeding Facts:
• The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that any time a driver accelerates a vehicle’s speed from 40 mph to 60 mph, it increases the energy expelled in a crash by more than two times.

• The IIHS says that when a number of states increased their speed limits in 1996, the speeds that motorists would operate their vehicles increased, as did the number of motor vehicle deaths.

• Speeding and alcohol can be fatal together.

If you or someone you love was seriously injured in an Illinois car crash because another motorist was driving drunk, speeding, or engaged in another form of negligent driving, you may have grounds for filing a Chicago personal injury lawsuit.

North Side man charged with stealing ambulance, causing accident, Chicago Sun Times, March 26, 2009

Stolen Ambulance In 6-Car Crash In Evanston,, March 24, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Speeding, Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

In Will County, DuPage County, Cook County, and Lake County, contact the Law Offices of Steven J Malman & Associates, PC today.

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