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Wrong-Way Driver in Fatal Crash Was 3 Times the Legal Limit: Sheriff

Nicholas Puccinelli, 19, of Burr Ridge, was charged Wednesday with aggravated DUI, according to the Cook County Sheriff's office. A 64-year-old Orland Park man was killed in the crash in Palos Township Tuesday.

A 19-year-old Burr Ridge man has been charged with aggravated DUI in Tuesday's crash that killed an Orland Park man.

Nicholas Puccinelli had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit when the 2002 GMC Denali he was driving southbound in the northbound lane of La Grange Road struck a 2002 Nissan Sentra head-on near 105th Street, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office. He was charged on Wednesday.

The driver of the Sentra, a 64-year-old Orland Park man, was pronounced dead Tuesday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to Cook County. He was reportedly on his way to work at 3:10 a.m. when he was hit by the Denali.

Puccinelli also was treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was arrested by Cook County Sheriff's police. He is set to appear at 9 a.m. Thursday in Bridgeview bond court.

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Arete' March 16, 2013 at 03:14 PM
I said it before , I'll say it again. Daddy got a high-priced, high-powered lawyer. Junior got bonded out. He will likely never do time. And likely has no remorse. A similar case is working it's way thru the courts right now. Google Nicholas Sword or follow this link: http://orlandpark.patch.com/articles/man-accused-in-reckless-homicide-pass-on-plea-deal
CM March 19, 2013 at 05:12 AM
this police officer received higher bond for the same situation.... A judge set bail at $500,000 on Sunday for a suburban Chicago police officer accused of causing a traffic accident that killed two people in a wrong-way collision on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive. During the hearing, prosecutors said Terrell Garrett's blood alcohol content after Friday's wreck was measured at 0.184, which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. The North Chicago police officer is charged with two counts each of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. http://chicagodefender.com/index.php/news/city/16769-north-chicago-police-officer-charged-in-fatal-collision
A.J March 24, 2013 at 08:30 AM
only thing the family can do is sue the crap out of them, they only know money, so take it away from them, maybe then more parents will care. I'm sorry for your lost.the system works better for the rich and lawyers, not your average person.
MLH2011 March 25, 2013 at 01:39 PM
100% with you!! He made a choice, now he & his family will live with his choices. The victim who was a very loving, gracious man lost his life because of some young idiot who obviously had no regard for anyone. He has destroyed many lives!! I hope his charges change to vehicular manslaughter!!
KS1 April 02, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Does anyone know what the outcome of this case was?

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