A 30-year-old Chicago woman was charged with driving under the influence and nine counts of child endangerment after her SUV rolled over on I-57 early Friday. The children, some without seatbelts, ranged in age from 3 to 14. According to the Illinois State Police, four of the children in the vehicle are believed to be hers. The crash happened on the South Side of Chicago near 99th Street around 12:20 a.m. Witnesses claimed that the SUV was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed in the southbound lanes of I-57 before rolling over onto the right embankment. Nine children and two adulta were hospitalized. A couple of the passengers were reported to be in serious-to-critical condition but, fortunately, none of the injuries were described as life-threatening. Tonica S. Conwell is facing DUI, child endangerment, and child-restraint charges. Illinois State Police are continuing their investigation.
Mom charged with DUI after kids hurt in SUV rollover, www.chicagotribune.com, August 2, 2013
DUI charges filed in I-57 crash that injured 9 children, www.suntimes.com, August 2, 2013