Over the weekend another fatal collision occurred, this time in Cook County, Illinois. As you can imagine, alcohol was a variable. The early morning collision claimed the life of 23 year old Maryina Holovii.
Statements from the assistant state’s attorney’s office revealed that the blood alcohol level of the Ukrainian-born truck driver was well over the nationwide legal limit of .08.
In fact, shortly the collision Lulak was transferred to Northwestern Hospital where his blood was drawn. His blood sample revealed that his blood alcohol level was .207, which is nearly three times the nationwide legal limit.
The collision involved three vehicles and it occurred on the Kennedy Expressway during the early morning hours of Sunday after Lulak first left a houseparty where he was seen drinking whiskey, and then left an after-hours club at 4 a.m.
In Lulak’s compact vehicle there were seven passengers. The victim, Holovii, was one of the passengers in Lulak’s 2006 Lancer. Witnesses stated that Holovii was sitting directly behind Lulak’s driver’s seat, in the lap of a male passenger.
Despite the fact that his passengers repeatedly asked him to slow down, Lulak continued to erratically drive at an excessive speed down the interstate 90 expressway until he slammed into safety barriers before sliding along a concrete wall where he lost control. Subsequently, he crashed into an off-duty police officer’s vehicle and another van that was close by.
Emergency medical technicians arrived to transport Holovii to Illinois Masonic Hospital. She suffered a punctured heart and broken bones. Ultimately, she died of her injuries at the hospital.
Lulak has been charged with aggravated Driving Under the Influence Involving Death. He is currently being held on $750,000.00 bail.
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