4-Year-Old Killed in Crash, Mother Charged with DUI

Jonathan Bahena, a 4-year-old child, was killed on Sunday after his mother Laticia Medel crashed into two cars. Leticia Medel, 24, has been charged with felony aggravated DUI resulting in an accident and bodily harm, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving 15 to 20 mph over the speed limit, failure to reduce speed, driving without a license, transporting an open container of alcohol, failure to properly restrain a child in her car and driving without insurance. Her alcohol level was allegedly .151, almost twice the legal limit of .08, and officers found two beer cans in her car.

Medel’s 2-year-old child and husband also in the car were injured as well. Medel was traveling east on the 4500 block of West Fullerton when she allegedly ran through a red light and struck the rear of a Honda Civic which propelled into another vehicle. Medel’s vehicle then crossed into the next lane of traffic hitting a Chevrolet Tahoe. Witnesses stated Medel took her two children and attempted to flee from the scene. Both children were rushed to Children’s Memorial Hospital, where Jonathan was pronounced dead. He suffered a lacerated liver and multiple contusions.

Medel was ordered held in lieu of $350,000 bail.

Women charged with felony DUI in crash that killed 4-year-old, www.suntimes.com, August 17, 2010

Client Reviews
★★★★★
I wanted to let you know that I finally got my license back today. I want to thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. You did an amazing job and helped another person turn their life around. I will forever be indebted. Rest assured that I will refer anybody that I hear is in trouble to you guys. Thank you again. All the best.
★★★★★
I want to extend my sincere gratitude for the success in getting my charges reduced. It has been a rather traumatic experience for me. Though I try to keep an optimistic outlook, it didn't seem possible. But you guys pulled it off and I couldn't be more grateful. This has been a great weight lifted off my shoulders. D.F.
★★★★★
I would like to take this time to thank you for a job well done. I received my full reinstatement documents today for full driving privileges. This took me by surprise. I did not expect to see the results this fast. I just want to say that I am blessed to have a very good lawyer like yourself to guide me through the process... I am very grateful. You're the best. Thanks again. G.B.
★★★★★
My special thanks for your help, guidance, and support during a most difficult time. You came recommended as "the best" and you lived up to your reputation! I wish you a lovely holiday season and a new year of challenges overcome, new joys experienced, and much fulfillment realized. All good thoughts your way. S.S.
★★★★★
I am very grateful for your work and representation. Although it is difficult for me to truly express my gratitude through e-mail, I hope you can still understand how thankful I am that we were able to dismiss my case on the first court date. I am very pleased with the outcome. Again, thank you very much for your time. Please enjoy the rest of your week. D.K.
Justia Lawyer Rating for Brandon K. Davis
Featured In
Contact Information