One of the drivers in on Willow Road in Northfield had a blood alcohol level that was nearly three times the legal limit, accoding to police.
New details released this afternoon by the Northfield Police Department in cooperation with the Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) revealed that Silvia Garcia-Seguar, 22, of Chicago, had a .229 blood alcohol level at the time of the crash. The legal limit in Illinois is .08. The second driver, 63-year-old Soo Hum Shin of Glenview, did not have any alcohol in his system, according to officials.
Using physical evidence from the crash site, officials determined that Garcia-Seguar was driving east between 44 and 62 miles per hour. It’s estimated that Soo was driving between 35 and 45 miles per hour in the opposite direction.
It’s been more than 30 years since Northfield’s stretch of Willow Road has seen a fatal crash, according to Police Chief William Lustig.
That changed April 16 around 8 p.m. when Garcia-Seguar . The crash occured in the 2220 block of Willow Road.
Garcia-Segura had a Mexican identification card, but no driver’s license, Lustig told Patch. She was removed from her car—after the roof was cut off for access—and transported to Evanston Hospital. Garcia-Seguar was pronounced dead at 11:34 p.m., a few hours after the crash, according to a Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office spokesperson.
Shin was also taken to the hospital, and died on April 18. The medical examiner’s office cited cerebral injuries from the accident.
While information regarding alcohol in Garcia-Seguar’s system was available through hospital records, Lustig said he is still waiting for toxicology results from the medical examiner’s office, which may not be available for several weeks.
MCAT works with 13 suburban communities including Glenview, Northfield, Glencoe, Winnetka, Northbrook, Wilmette, Kenilworth and others to document evidence at crash scenes and follow-up with witnesses. Seven members of the MCAT team worked on the Willow Road crash, Detective Bill McGuiness said.
Stay tuned to Patch for updates.