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Chicago woman dies in accident on Tri-State

A 20-year-old Palatine man was drunk when he crashed his car into a Tri-State Tollway median in Schiller Park and killed a 21-year-old woman sitting in the back seat early Wednesday, police said.

The driver, Eric Schroeter, was cited for driving under the influence and may face additional charges, said Illinois State Police Officer Doug Whitmore. Schroeter was listed in critical condition Wednesday in Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge after undergoing cranial surgery, according to a hospital spokeswoman and Whitmore.

Schroeter was driving a Ford Focus northbound on the Tri-State, also known as Interstate Highway 294, about 1 1/2 miles north of Irving Park Road, when he lost control and slammed into a median, said Illinois State Police Sgt. Mark Piercy. The accident occurred about 3:15 a.m.

Ersula Szufnaswska of Chicago was killed in the crash, and two other passengers from Chicago were injured. Darryl Chism, 28, remained in fair condition in Lutheran General on Wednesday, and Kevin Manion, 24, was released from Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, authorities said.

The driver was wearing a seat belt, but the passengers were not, Piercy said.

Police declined to say where the group was going or what caused the driver to lose control. Whitmore said police did not yet know the driver's blood-alcohol level, but "there had to have been some indication on the scene that led the trooper to believe that he was driving under the influence of alcohol."
Eric is FastFocusZX3 on the Jet.

Try to refrain from the "had it coming" or "underage" or "serves him right" garbage. He'll have to deal with those ramifications later, if he pulls through.

Right now he and the family of this young woman need to be in whatever prayers you practice.
 

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that sucks, i hope he's ok. i really don't want to see those negative comments either, because there are far too many of us on here that definitely drive after a few drinks. usually you end up at home fine at the end of the night, but then sometimes this happens.

he'll be guilt-stricken enough if he makes it, i don't think we need to add to that.

edit: i am not saying that it is ok to do that. alls i'm saying, is there are how many 20-somethings on FJ, and i bet 99% of you have driven home from the bar or club with quite a few in you, and i've seen posts where people brag about that before, so i don't think it's fair to talk [censored] about the poor guy when he's in bad condition, cuz it could have happened to any of us. when you go out to a club, you see all those cars in the parking lot? you think they all have designated drivers? hardly.

if he was actually drunk, that sucks, we all make stupid decisions, and sometimes catches up with us. ok i'm sorry i had to type this, i didn't mean to glorify drunken driving, i'm just saying that could have been me, it could have been any one of quite a few of us on here, and we all need to be supportive and hope he pulls through.
 

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I don't understand, the news article came straight out and said he was drunk. Then at the end there was no definitive evidence that he was drunk " police did not yet know the driver's blood-alcohol level, but "there had to have been some indication on the scene that led the trooper to believe that he was driving under the influence of alcohol."

That's not fair, i hope he pulls through ok.
 

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bad journalism there... they've committed Libel if he's exonerated of charges.....

Anyway... thoughts and prayers to the familys and the subjects involved.
 

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My thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved.
 

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that sucks, i hope he's ok. i really don't want to see those negative comments either, because there are far too many of us on here that definitely drive after a few drinks. usually you end up at home fine at the end of the night, but then sometimes this happens.
So if many people do a stupid thing its Ok???

If he wasn't driving under the influence, then I certainly hope he recovers. If he was...
 

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"Judge ye not, less ye be judged..."

Prayers & wishes from my family!!!
 
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