Investigation: One Driver in Willow Road Double Fatality Was Drunk

Major Crash Assistant Team's report revealed Silvia Garcia-Seguar had nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in her blood stream at the time of the crash.

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.

Annie May 11, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Chris, I feel for you. The courts are a big problem as far as I'm concerned. There are laws that should be inforced but are not, especially in court. The judges just shrug off these incompetient people. I was rear ended by an illegal alien years ago. He hit and ran. I menorized the plate number. He was drunk of course but since he was located perhpas 30 mins after the incident, he wasn't ticketed for that. What was really appalling was the fact that the police officer told me to give the guy a break and the fact that he always gave drunk drivers a break. Yikes! It was my first time in traffic court, I thought that the officer would offer up all the information (illegal, rap sheet 2 inches thick, repeat offender many times over, etc.) . Not a peep. First court date, no show. Second, hid until case was called, needed an interpeter. Judge gave him a $50 dollar ticket and told him not to drive home. Yeah, right. They should have taken his 'record' to point and impounded his car. This man needed more than a $50 ticket. His insurance company refused to pay any medical bills. Needless to say, my life became a nightmare due to medical bills and the fact that was in too much pain to work. He had the mininum insurance anyway which took 5 years to settle. I had to sue myself for anything else. For the rest of my life, I have to endure the physcial pain from this auto accident. I am just so thankful however, that I had my seat belt on and didn't go through the windshield.
A Northfield Parent May 12, 2011 at 01:56 PM
Based on the drunk lady's speed & the length of the skids, that accident would have involved many more cars & hurt and/or killed those people, if the road was 4 or 5 lanes. Don't blame ANY aspect of this accident on the road!
David Greenberg May 13, 2011 at 04:42 PM
I didn't blame it on the road - I posited that IF it were 4 lanes wide, that the accident may not have happened. My thought was that if she were driving in the far right lane, and was weaving between the far right and "near right" lane, then she may not have ever crossed the yellow dividing lines... I also don't agree that a 4-lane road makes people drive faster... Regardless, the drunk driver was a fool for doing so - and she shouldn't have been on the road at all...
David Greenberg May 13, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Certainly the aspects of the road could be a consideration in any accident. If there were a raised concrete median she MAY not have gone across it (yes, given enough speed, someone will go right over the ones on the Edens....), or if it were wider, she may have stayed on the right side of the dividing line... If it weren't curved and dark, she may not have gone across the line as well... Regardless, she was pretty wasted while driving - and drunk driving is a horrible idea to begin with, add in no license and a bad situation is made worse... The accident notwithstanding, the configuration of that road as stands now is poor. It doesn't have enough capacity to handle the amount of daily traffic, it's curvy and dark... It needs to be widened and improved, and either an underpass or overpass installed to allow pedestrians and children to cross safely...
Ed60062 May 13, 2011 at 06:47 PM
True, the road is under-capacity. However, I can understand why the residents don't want a highway cutting through their town. Perhaps the solution is to divide Northfield into two towns. They could be called Northfield and Southfield. The two towns would be divided by a highway much like Northbrook and Glencoe are divided by I-94. Then everyone would be happy. Just kidding folks--well, at least half kidding.


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