Naperville, IL- Drunk driving accidents account for nearly one-third of all fatal accidents in the U.S. A fact that the 21 year-old man, who caused DUI accident in Naperville over the weekend, should have known since he once served as the co-president of his former high school’s chapter of SADD, Students against Destructive Decisions. Still, that didn’t stop him from driving drunk early Saturday night, a choice that had fatal consequences for two of his friends.
According to Naperville police, David Sotz, 21, along with Sajaad S. Syed and Mihirtej Boddupalli, all of whom are college students, were traveling on Aurora Avenue near the Naperville Park District quarry around 1:59 a.m. Saturday morning. Sotz lost control of his vehicle near Eagle Ave.,which first slammed into a group of trees, then a fence before plunging into the quarry below.
Sotz managed to get out of the vehicle and swim to safety. His two passengers, Syed and Boddupalli, however were unable to escape the wreckage and drowned. Dive teams eventually pulled their lifeless bodies out of the quarry.
Sotz was taken the hospital for treatment and was placed under arrest upon his release.
During their investigation, police discovered Sotz’s blood alcohol content was above the legal limit and said he admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day.
In 2010, Sotz was the co-president of Geneva High School’s chapter of Students against Destructive Decisions, Naperville Sun Herald learned, and once led a campaign to discourage students from drinking and doing drugs.
The investigation is still underway, but police have charged Sotz with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol causing death of another and two counts of reckless homicide, the Naperville Sun Herald reported.
Causing an injurious or deadly accident under the influence of alcohol or drugs will change a person’s life in many ways. Not only do they have to deal with the guilt caused by their actions, but they are facing a host of legal consequences, which will include criminal charges, and a potential personal injury or wrongful death suit.
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