DUI accidents were responsible for a whopping 29% of all traffic deaths in 2015. Nationwide, 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, speed was a factor in 30% of crashes that year. Drivers who are driving under the influence are more likely to drive at unsafe speeds. The Tinley Park Patch reports on a man arrested for driving under the influence while also driving 128 mph.
37-year-old Joseph Vorberg was allegedly speeding at 128 mph down Oak Avenue in Tinley Park, Illinois when he struck a parked vehicle. The 20-year-old passenger inside the car was killed. Another passenger was injured in the crash.
According to the prosecution, Vorberg had been drinking at the Odyssey Sweet Spot in Tinley Park and the Club O in Harvey and then got behind the wheel of a Cadillac ATS.
Alberto Reyes and his father Ciro Reyes-Ramirez had just arrived for work in a Geo Prizm and parked along Oak Park Avenue on Tuesday at around 3:30 am.
The speed limit along that section of Oak Park Avenue is 35mph but Vorberg was allegedly traveling at 128mph when he plowed into the back of the Geo Prizm. The Geo was pushed 200 feet forward and into a light pole.
Reyes was killed in the accident and his father was injured. Witnesses saw Vorberg abandon his vehicle and run, but authorities were able to catch up with him about an hour later. Vorberg’s blood-alcohol content of .250, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08.
Bail for Vorberg was set at $1 million. If he bonds out, he is required to submit to random drug and alcohol testing. He must also sign up for Smart Start, a smartphone app that monitors for alcohol use.
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