Still Waiting on Charges in Nail Painting Wreck
By Marcus Gilmer in News on May 5, 2009 8:20PM
Zaffke family photo via WGN video
The wreck Saturday raises questions that have been fiercely debated in Illinois about whether a momentary distraction amounts to criminal behavior, comparable to drunken driving. In the crash that killed motorcyclist Anita Zaffke, 56, of Lake Zurich, Lora L. Hunt, 48, of Morris was ticketed by the Lake County sheriff's police with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Prosecutors say it may be a month before they decide whether to bring additional charges.
"We are looking into charges in the case," Assistant State's Atty. Patricia Fix said. "But we are waiting for results of blood and urine tests and waiting for the results of an accident reconstruction, as well as any other technical evidence we can derive from the scene."
The Trib also talks to State Rep. William Black (Danville) about a proposed law of his that, if passed, would require prison time, a $25,000 fine, and a one-year revocation of a drivers license for distracted drivers who cause deaths.