Valinda Bender Charged with DUI for Causing Fatal Crash in Champaign, IL, that Killed Markcus Williams
Authorities in Champaign, IL, announced charges against Valinda Bender, 32, for her alleged involvement in a fatal DUI crash that caused the death of her boyfriend, Markus Williams.
According to Champaign police, the crash occurred at approximately 11 p.m. May 16 at the 1500 block of West Church Street. Bender was reportedly driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer when she drove off Church Street and struck a tree, causing the vehicle to turn over on its side. First responders found Williams trapped inside the vehicle. Bender was found outside the vehicle, crying and trying to help him.
Williams was extricated from the vehicle and rushed to a hospital in Urbana, where he was pronounced dead. Bender was also taken to the same hospital, where medical staff drew blood and took urine samples. Her blood-alcohol content was 0.298, which is more than three times the state legal limit of 0.08.
Police who examined the crash scene reportedly found empty tequila and vodka bottles under the vehicle. On Monday, Bender was charged with aggravated driving under the influence. A warrant for her arrest was issued, but sources indicate that she hasn’t yet been arrested as of Tuesday.
Since preliminary reports indicate that Bender was at fault in the crash, Markcus Williams’ family may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. With the help of an attorney, the family of a wrongful death victim can legally seek compensation for funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering following an accident.
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