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Woman, 44, charged with DUI in fatal car crash

Lisa Elner, 44, is charged with aggravated DUI in the crash that killed two women last month near Lyons.

Elner’s vehicle fell 50-feet from a highway ramp.

Police say she was found wandering drunk along the highway and did not mention the accident.

The vehicle was found two hours later with two victims inside.


134 Comments to “Woman, 44, charged with DUI in fatal car crash”

    John said:
    February 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Told you it was a drunk driving case!!! Why else would someone fall over a bridge if they weren't buzzed?!Texting? High on drugs? She should never be allowed to drive again for the rest of miserable life.Lock up that POS.
    Next drunk driving case please!

      ROBO COP said:
      February 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM


      Papi said:
      February 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      If she knew they were down there and did not tell anyone to cover her own ass I hope she rots in hell, I really believe that she was very stoned and disorientated and out of her mind and for that she should have to pay also. Either way she has to live with 2 deaths and then face her maker in the end.

        Guest said:
        February 15, 2013 at 9:24 PM


    Nan said:
    February 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    DUI is just a slap wrist she should be charged with murder were the justic for the victims

      Sad Sad said:
      February 13, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      She will be charged for 2 murders

        ticked off said:
        February 15, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        I wold hope so but then if she can come up with 200,000 for bail. They might try to buy her way out of prison

    keeping real said:
    February 13, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    i hope she get life in prison!!!

    Tired of Morons said:
    February 13, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Yet we keep raising the taxes on cigarettes. Politicians get more money from the alcohol lobby.

    kid1339 said:
    February 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Most politicans don't know the price of milk, how can they run a nation?

    pagan69 said:
    February 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Last night I had several drinks at a dinner meeting; I was in no way plowed but had a buzz on. At 10:20 I got into my buddies truck, whom I came with who does not drink and arrived safe and sound 20 minutes later at home. That is called responsible drinking, however getting plowed and attempting to drive home is inexcusable. There is no reason to demonize the thousands who went out last night or any other night, had a few drinks and left the driving to someone else.

      Guest said:
      February 14, 2013 at 5:33 AM

      DRINKING & DRIVING IS AGAINST ILLINOIS STATE LAW………….so you're saying it's ok to drink and drive as long as you don't get caught ??????

    No Mercy said:
    February 13, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    She looks like Marilyn Manson…..

    annoymous said:
    February 13, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I think she should have been held without bond! This is horrible! How on earth can you leave your friends behind and say nothing?

    squaw833 said:
    February 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    and yet pot is illegal

      KAY said:
      February 13, 2013 at 3:09 PM


    diamond don said:
    February 13, 2013 at 1:51 PM


    annoymous said:
    February 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Let me see if I hear this right. Lisa Elner survied a Horrible accident that she was the driver. She was drunk and high on drugs. She survived the crash left her 2 friends, lied to the police.
    And she is out on a 2mil$$ bail? Granted she has to live with this guilt for the rest f her life. but she is able to wake up every morning and see her family and friends. The friends that she partied with are dead and one left behind 4 children. How is this fair? I dont think that she should be out of jail.

      Lloyd Christmas said:
      February 13, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      If she's not considered a threat to the community and she has the money to post bond, then yes she enjoys the luxary of her family and friends.

        annoymous said:
        February 13, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        She should be considered a threat! She lied to the police and left her friends behind. What if they were alive and could have been helped?

    diamond don said:
    February 13, 2013 at 2:17 PM


    Kristin said:
    February 13, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    she's cute

    mutual friend said:
    February 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    you people dont have a clue. It was not her car. They dont know if she was even driving yet. She remembers nothing, which is why she never reported anything. Everyone blaming her needs to realize they all drank and they all voluntarily got into that car. Anyone of them could have been driving. Yes it is sad two people died. I feel horrible for the children and families left behind. But, she has a family and children too. Realize her children could read and see all the horrible things being said about her. Realize she may have been charged but she still has her day in court coming. She has not been proven guilty of anything yet. She lost 2 friends that night too. Let her grieve, let her be, she is being punished. No one needs to further ridicule her when no one knows what happened yet. When the DNA comes in from the stearing wheel, then you will know whether she drove or not. Then you can play the blame game. But til then give it a rest already. Enough damage has already been done to all parties involved.

      annoymous said:
      February 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM


      Come on now said:
      February 13, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Exactly! How can the media be allowed to post INCORRECT information like this?

      Justice said:
      February 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      Very well said.

      Sad Sad said:
      February 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      Lisa was driving….There are many witnesses to this. White castle on Harlem has her on video in the drive thru IN THE DRIVER SEAT!!!! She LIED! She was scared and left them!! And all you people saying awww she was hurt and she got frostbite BIG EFFIN DEAL!! She is ALIVE and our friends are DEAD!!!! She deserves to go to jail for this!! I mean I think people can forgive her for the actual accident….because it was, I don't think she woke up that day and said I wanna drive drink and kill my friends…..They all decided to get in that car……But the fact of the matter is She left them down there…was walking down harlem….if she ad enough sence to lie to police you know for dam sure she thought about it!!! HORRIBLE!!!!!

        dryeraseboard said:
        February 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        Well said Sad Sad

        A true friend said:
        February 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        Lisa was driving. There are many who witnessed her get behind the wheel and all of us who were out with them know the truth. She was scared and left her friends behind. Shows what kind of a friend she was. It is horrible that she could walk away. You could remember "getting jumped" but you couldn't remember an accident? Seems like a convenient case of amnesia. And if the police who found her walking, bleeding and drunk didn't search the area – that is horrible as well.

        Guest said:
        February 14, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        If that is true, and she did intentionally leave them behind, that is so terribly sad and unfortunate. I guess I have more faith in humanity and was thinking it is possible she was completely confused and disoriented from the accident and has some sort of amnesia. How could someone just do that?

        Good and Evil said:
        February 18, 2013 at 12:01 AM

        So true friend… Your comment is eye opening. " all of us who were out with them know the truth"… You were out with them and allegedly saw how drunk Lisa and the other girls were and you let them get in a car?! Did you or any of your friends posting such judgement try and stop them? Well to use your own words " SHOWS WHAT KIND OF FRIEND " you are! How many times did you let other friends get behind the wheel other nights? Were you drinking and diving that night "true friend" or did you get in the car with someone that was drunk too? or better yet did you have a sober driver but didnt offer them a ride? The only difference is you made it home safely with luck on your side. Would love to take a peak into the lives of people like you writing such ignorant and hypocritical things…

        February 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        I couldn't agree more with you 'good and evil", everyone is so quick to blame & judge someone, while these all these supposed "friends and family" say they ALL just WATCHED these 3 girls get into a car drunk! Maybe they should be blaming themselves instead, TYPICAL HYPOCRITES!

        aquaintance said:
        March 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        actually, the bar that served them is liable in this case. they should have cut them off before they were that intoxicated. again, if i were her lawyer, i would be arguing that case.

        bystander said:
        March 30, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        It was not JUST alcohol they had in their system, they had coke and people knew this and saw them. Their so called "friends" watched it unfold and no one did anything. Why the bar kept serving them is something the immediate families need authorities to question. The benefit that was held Friday was at THAT BAR that OVERSERVED them, and all of their friends showed up w/o any reservations :/

        aquaintance said:
        March 30, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        Nobody has the power to control anybody else. These "friends" that watched it happen are not to blame. The bar & the bartender who over served her are partially to blame – that is the law in Illinois – and she herself carries the majority of the blame. I am speaking from a legal standpoint. Responsible adults do not drink and drive. Responsible bar owners don't over serve. I can guarantee you, if she has a good lawyer, that lawyer is going to try to shift some of the culpability to the bar and the bartender who served her. It's wonderful that the bar had a benefit for the people that she killed – but that does not negate their culpability in this crime. If forensic and video evidence proves she was driving the vehicle, she is ultimately responsible for killing two people and she will be going to prison. The minimum sentence is 6 years and the maximum sentence is 28 years. If she is convicted, the bar and the bartender will definitely be held accountable to some degree and may incur fines or liquor license suspension or revocation.The really sad part is that she is out on bond until the trial is completed – and that will probably be about 2 years. She is lucky she was able to come up with the bond money, or she would be sitting in Cook County Jail that entire 2 years awaiting trial. In my opinion, there is no "looking at it from her point of view". There is no "her point of view" – she drove drunk & high and killed 2 people. It will be a miracle if she gets off – or it will be corrupt judicial practices because her husband is a Chicago Police Officer.

        keepin it real said:
        March 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        She did not kill them, as you put it.. The van took a 5 foot plunge. I don't think she woke up that morning saying to herself " I think, I'll go out tonight get high and drunk and kill my friends". Her husband being CPD has nothing to do w/ it and I am sure she came up w/ bail $ from a loan out on her home. I feel sorry for her and it's an unfortunate accident but they were grown adults making their own decisions. Only victims here are the kids and families of these people. I find it in poor taste to have a benefit at a bar where they got drunk and high and then got in a vehicle to go to yet ANOTHER bar.

        keepin it real said:
        March 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        *50 foot plunge.

        HATE hypocrites said:
        March 25, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        @TRUE FRIEND, SHAME ON U FOR CALLING YOURSELF a friend!!!! U were out w/ them and let them get in the car intoxicated and drugged up on coke? U and all the others that were hanging w/ them that nite are NO FRIENDS!! STOP blaming Lisa, cuz u r part of the problem, include yourself in that equation!! I don't kow this lisa broad but u r no better for watching them get in that car. All 3 are at fault and throw yourself in there 2.

        live down the street said:
        April 1, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        If she knew what she was doing SHW WOULD HAVE GONE & WALKED HOME AND NOT WANDER DOWN HARLEM!! It's called SHOCK & being DISORIENTED. How come no blame on the other 2 for getting in the car drunk and high on coke? going to celebrate a grown woman's birthday at a gang affiliated trashy bar and leaving her kids at home under the care of someone else! Everyone makes this like those other 2 were so "great". REALITY check when u do stupid shit like this, it ends up the way it did…

      heart break said:
      February 15, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Iit was not Lisas van, The os was it? It did nobelong to either one of the other 2 girls.

      acquaintance said:
      March 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      dna is still circumstantial in this case. she could have got into the car through the driver's side and grabbed onto the wheel to slide herself over. i would argue that if i were her lawyer.

    Come on now said:
    February 13, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    That wasn't even her car, so why would she be driving?!?! And they failed to mention she fought for her life out there in the cold for 3 hrs and sustained sever frostbit on both hands, and head injuries! Who would be in there right mind to remember anything, after taking a 50ft plunge in a car over a bridge?

      Sad Sad said:
      February 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      At least she is alive stupid B* she deserves everything she gets! And yes she was driving…..everyone at the bar that night seen her gt into the driver seat of the van.

        mutual friend said:
        February 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        then what does that say about everyone at that bar that watched and did nothing? Why did they all let them 3 leave and drive so drunk? And why did she drive someone elses vehicle? were the other two even more drunk than her? lots of what ifs….. bottom line is NONE of them should have been driving. They were all wrong to get into that car together. she is not the only one to be blamed here. she easily could have died too, but was saved by the grace of God.

        Guest said:
        February 14, 2013 at 5:41 AM

        WELL SAID!!!!!!!!!!

        Good and Evil said:
        February 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        Nice intelligent response Sad Sad…so you don't agree with someone's response you resort to name calling? According to you, you KNEW " everyone" at the bar that night …they must be your friends for you to be able to hear it first hand from them. Does that mean "EVERYONE" of these people YOU personally know watched all THREE women get in the van and they were fine with it that night?! The next day they spit out judgement on the only surviving woman? How would you like it if people judged your friends who were at the bar that night…who saw them get in the van (according to you ) ….they should all get what they deserve too!! Where does it stop?!

        cICERO said:
        April 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM


        DNA is great said:
        August 23, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        looks like DNA trumps HEARSAY huh?

    Guest said:
    February 13, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    How horrible that somone would leave there friends there and not alert anybody…..I do believe a person can be knocked out after a accident like that but when did she wake up for all we know she could seen the van and her friends…why all the diffrent stories??? I do know this was a horrible event. Parents lost children and children lost there mother. I would be ashamed to lie and say I was not there if I was indeed driving..thats a risk you take driving impared. I just hope that the families affected by this horrible accident can finally gain some kind of closure.

      Justice said:
      February 13, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Did it occur to you that she may have been disoriented? People have suffered amnesia from less traumatic events. Once the facts are in then we'll know the entire story, until then, it's all speculation. There is so much more to the story than what is presented by the media, so please remember that before jumping on the 'guilty' bandwagon.

      Very confused said:
      February 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      If the accident happened around 3am and they found her at 7am wandering, then why didn't she just walk home, if she was trying to lie & hid the fact? (since she only lived less then a 1/2 mile away). Something don't sound right, don't you think? Maybe she really didn't know what was really going on, just a thought.

    Come on now said:
    February 13, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    She was disoriented & traumatized (who wouldn't be after taking a fall like that and sustaining head injuries?). And to my understanding her & her clothes were soaked to the bone (and it was dry out that day)…I believe she was ejected from the car, went through the trees and went into the canal water and fought for her life to get out of the water, which would explain the sever frostbit on both of her hands. No doubt this is a tragedy, but at least get the story straight. It wasn't even her car!

      curious said:
      February 13, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      people assume alot! unless u were there and you know for sure, we are all speculating. May they rest in peace and hopefully the truth will prevail & justice can be done. Families are torn & they will never understand why until they have all the true answers.

      Justice said:
      February 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      If she was soaked on a dry day the police should have been more proactive in finding the source of the water. Maybe the accident sight would have been found sooner. Sad.

      disgusted said:
      February 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      not dry that day, it was the night of the first decent snow in chicago, if you look at the pictures on the trib….you can see snow around the area wear the van went over……just saying

    what said:
    February 14, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    I’m guessing there is enough evidence to prove she was the driver. Why would they arrest and charge HER? Why wouldnt she tell the cops as she’s “walking home from a bar” about the accident?? Because she was driving and alcohol and drugs are in her system and 2 people died. If she was a passenger, or if she wasn’t a wasted driver. Any normal human being would called for help on a phone or on the side of the road. Not, oh hey officer, I’m just walking home from a bar. Sad story.

      GingaRizzo said:
      February 14, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      That sickens me the most that she said, "she was walking home from a bar." What an asshole! She would have had to see Michelle and Sandra and the SUV when she made her way back to Harlem Ave.
      Only a piece of shit would leave two people there and not tell anyone! Obviously she was only concerned about herself. She didn't have a head injury she just made up her story to try to cover her own ass. What a scumbag!

      disgusted said:
      February 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      Yes! why wouldnt you call the police and/or tell them when they find you wandering down the street?? because you were driving , because you were wasted and because 2 people died! screams guilty conscience!

    Guest said:
    February 14, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    All of you who are judging…..none of you have ever had drank, did drugs &/or drive???? Never did anything you were not supposed to???? Nobody is perfect, its just unfortunate this happened to these girls. S T O P your trash talk & have some compassion for everyone involved!

      concerned said:
      February 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      I make sure if I am going to drink that I have another driver with me. If I have any kind of drink I refuse to drive. I have never ever tried any kind of drugs either.

      This is a Horible accident and many mistakes hae been made. Several lives have been affected. The truth will come out.

      Lets all learn a lesson from this. If you are going to go out and party hard Dont get in a car with a drunk driver ad dont try to drive drunk! Call a cab!! It could save lives!!

      Anonymous said:
      February 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM


        extremely upset said:
        February 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Is it at all possible that the other 2 girls were alive when they were left behind?

        heart break said:
        February 15, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        Why should anyone have COMPASSION for Lisa? She was DRUNK, High on DRUGS, left her FRIENDS dead or left to DIE we dont know about that for sure because they could have been living and died waiting for help to arrive.

        She should have never been driving in the first place. She also LIED to the police and denied her friends.

        If any deserves any compassion lets remember the families of the other 2 girls. One family that has 4 children who have to grow up without a mother! Every child needs their mother! I know because I grew up without mine.

      guest said:
      March 12, 2013 at 1:45 AM

      Would love to see your love and compassion when some drunken slob plows into your family's car killing them.

        Keepin it real said:
        March 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        No one plowed into the car. Lisa was driving and other 2 grls were w/ her. She did not kill them, the car took a 50 foot plunge over a bridge. @HEARTBREAK, All 3 grls were DRUNK & HIGH ON DRUGS, Get it right. Kids lost their mom due to a decision SHE MADE, To go out and celebrate her birthday. Every kid needs their mom but she did not think about that prior to going out, or when she was drinking and snorting coke & hanging out w.. gangbangers for that matter. We all make decisions and ned to think about how it affect other people. In this case all 3 are guilty and obviously they gave Lisa consent to drive their vehicle. Your heart may be broken but unless you forgive Lisa for leavin her friends there, u wil not have closure. AND yes compassion because it was not like she planned to kill them, it was an unfortunate accident. 2 lives lost due to all 3 of their actions…

        just thinking said:
        March 12, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        very well said

        Nodding my head said:
        March 12, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        No one plowed into car. And if someone did this to one of my Family members, I would have to forgive them or I would never have peace within myself. I would most definitely confront thm and ask for answers as to what happened. I would wanna know what happened. I would also pursue and fight for justice to be served.

    guest said:
    February 14, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    i read posts from the bartenders jokingly about how drunk and HAPPY they were !!! She is just as responsible!! These poor kids have no mother for the rest of there lives where is the compassion and concern for them.

      guest said:
      February 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      saw that too. how they left and were 'feeling good'. those bartenders are responsible too.

        Guest said:
        February 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        I agree!!! The bartenders should be held accountable as well!!! I went to Highschool with Lisa and does not seem that she has changed a bit!! What a wake up call!!.. I feel for the young childen that Sandra leaves behind and also Michelle's family ( may this justice bring you closure)

        justice said:
        February 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        those bartenders and the bar need to be suied.

        guest said:
        February 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        I agree. who lets friends drive away. take a cab. who are the bartenders that said that and what bar ??

        sad said:
        February 21, 2013 at 1:14 AM

        Yes they should…there is a law for overserving patrons…I have served alcohol in the past…tips clas…

      Mr M.D. said:
      February 15, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      BASSET certification, "Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training" was created by the State of Illinois to teach sellers and servers of alcoholic beverages the importance of serving alcohol responsibly to avoid fatal accidents caused by drunk driving. Bartenders who complete this training, are more successful in recognizing the signs of intoxication. Maybe the bar owners should start hiring BASSET Certified bartenders and not eyecandy flashing cleavage, then maybe this would have not happened!!

    common sence said:
    February 14, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Has anyon ever thought thataybe they should also go after the bartender? All 3 girls were ove served. Someone at the bar should have taken the keys away from them. How can people watch 3 girls get into a van and drive off in their condition? They may have beeable to stop everything right there in the parking lot!

      Sad Sad said:
      February 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM


      guest said:
      February 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      I definitly will not ever patronize 39th street bar. there scum bags

      disgusted said:
      March 5, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Stop finding people to blame. All 3 were drinking and I am almost positive toxicology report shows they had coke in their system. 3 grown women partying it up and did not think about the consequences of their actions! Only people suffering are their kids and family.

    disgusted said:
    February 14, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    she was arrested because the police have some kind of evidence that implied she was the driver. she was arrested because she had cocaine on her. she was arrested because she left the scene of an accident that involved a death.she was arrested because she failed to report an accident involving death. these are all true statements, facts if you will. it is true that we, as the readers, really dont know what happened that night, but the police and the accident reconstuction-ist did a three week investigation and they deduced that Lisa Elner committed a crime and should be charged and arrested. Thats really all we know right now……let the courts figure out what to do with her!

    extremely upset said:
    February 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    If she is not guilty How come se turned herself in? I just think tht it is sad that she is out of jail right ow. How on earth can some one come up with 200,000.

    Blah said:
    February 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Lisa Elner should be in prision FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    extremely upset said:
    February 14, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Puting her in prison FOREVER will not bring the other 2 girls back! I do agree that she does need to be punished. REVOKE he DL!! Make her go to meetingsnd speak about DUI!!

    She will be punished for the ret of he life. This is something that will always haunt her. I just hope that this is a wake up call for everyone that thinksthat they can drink and drive.

    Lets all also remember that she is innocent untill proven guilty by the court system.

      what said:
      February 14, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Feeling that guilt or living with this for the rest of her life isn’t enough. She choose to tell the cops “I’m walking home from a bar” hiding the fact that She was just in a deadly accident (because she was the driver) so going to jail seems a heck of alot better then her just going back to living her life.

        Very confused said:
        February 15, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        If the accident happened around 3am and they found her at 7am wandering, then why didn't she just walk home, if she was trying to lie & hid the fact? (since she only lived less then a 1/2 mile away). Something don't sound right, don't you think? Maybe she really didn't know what was really going on, just a thought.

      Clueless said:
      February 14, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Revoke her license? Like others have said, they are all at fault for getting in the car and parting like they are kids. However this dirt bag
      1. Left her "Friends" dead.
      2. Found by police she didn't mention her two dead "friends"…And please even if she was suffering from head trauma she didn't see the Van when we woke up wondering what had happened??? If your B.S. Meter isn't going off on this your a fool.

      You think revoking her driving privileges is a suitable penalty?

        what said:
        February 14, 2013 at 7:54 PM


    jim said:
    February 14, 2013 at 8:29 PM


    jim said:
    February 14, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Seems like the last bar they were at should have a lawsuit coming. What kind of bar was it?do they over serve allow… Drugs? Does the owner have a clean record

      guest said:
      March 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      People need to stop trying to find blame. No one told them to go out get drunk and be high on coke, go to trashy bars and be out late when they have kids at home. Responsibilities! It is very very sad and unfortunate but things like this happen when one puts themselves in situations like this. Their families are left behind to clean up their mess and deal with the hurt.

    Very confused said:
    February 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Just a thought: If the accident happened around 3am and they found her at 7am wandering, then why didn't she just walk home, if she was trying to lie & hid the fact? (since she only lived less then a 1/2 mile away). Something don't sound right, don't you think? Maybe she really didn't know what was really going on, just a thought.

      Dryeraseboard said:
      February 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      She was walking home! She was passed out from 3am to 7am! She woke up saw the carnage and tried to hurry home. She was out in the elements for hours – hence the frost spite.

      disgusted said:
      February 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      i guess the cops saw her and picked her up before she made it home…….

    Anonymous · said:
    February 17, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    This just doesnt make sense how the accident happened. Where they went over was so close to the actual entrance to highway. Maybe thats what "the driver" thought they were doing but due to being intoxicated judgement is way off. I drove past there a few times this past week and my heart just breaks..you cant help but wonder could Michelle and Sandra would still be here if only. if only they found them sooner, hope that Lisa's memory is what is and not hiding anything….that is the worst, not knowing what happened and no matter what. If LIsa really dont have memory of what did take place or maybe she does but is sparing the details becuase its just too much ….but honeslty those that loose loved ones need the details. I pray either way Sandra and Michelles families do get the truth no matter what.

    February 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Everyone is so quick to blame & judge someone, while these all these supposed "friends and family" say they ALL just WATCHED these 3 girls get into a car drunk! Maybe they should be blaming themselves instead, talk about being hypocritical!

      pissed off said:
      February 19, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      agree this is something that couldave been prevented. The bartende should also beacing charges for over serving.

    george w said:
    February 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I heard that they were at juniors bar on ogden!!! That bar is a bunch of druggies!! They should close it forever!!!

    george w said:
    February 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Friends dont leave friends to die!! Hope she gets life with no parole!!!!

      only god can judge said:
      February 20, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      and real friends and don't watch their friends or family get into a car with a drunk driver either. but who am i to judge? no one, just like you!

    me said:
    February 21, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Rip sandra!! You where one cool chick will never forget you!!!

    Smush said:
    March 2, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Her husband is a Chicago Police Officer. Let's see how this "investigation" goes…

    understanding friend said:
    March 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Everyone makes mistakes! Put yourself in her position. If anyone of you people were in a position like that im sure all of you would have been scared, and would not have known what to do… instead of being judgmental, all of you people should be understanding! None of them knew they were going to die, and yes Lisa may have been driving, its a miracle she survived, she could have died too, if so no one would be accusing her so harshly, terrible things happen everyday. Just because she was driving the car doesn't mean the blame should be put on her. They let her drive, obviously they put their life's at risk, without thinking that they would die. Sadly they did. Also, if she was intoxicated on drugs, the other women who died were probably on them too. That night could have happened differently but, it didn't. It happened the way it did for a reason. You cannot put the full blame on her.
    Everyday since that accident i sit behind her son in class, i feel so bad for him, i wonder what goes through his head. The fact that he is actually in school and not at home falling apart. It shows that he is strong, but all of these accusation that everyone is making, they are not right! It is something monstrous to live with, not only for her, but her family as well. You people are making this ACCIDENT so much more ugly! It happened for a reason, stop being so quick to judge! Your nasty comments, saying what she deserves; who are any of you to say what she deserves? She is a good women, she made a mistake of putting herself in a terrible position. The steering wheel may have been in her hands, but destiny wasnt. Try to be a little less condescending!

      whatever said:
      March 6, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Yes, it was a tragic accident and you can not blame her for that. BUT she can be blamed for them being left their for so long. Leaving the scene and telling cops she was just "walking home from a bar". Not telling ANYONE where they were when everyone knows she was last with them. THATS the sad part. Its obvious why she didnt say anything. Its obvious why she told the cops she was just walking home from a bar because she was drunk and had coke in her system and since she was driving and 2 people died…..well, lets try to save my butt now.

        bystander said:
        March 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        I agree. If you go over the shoulda, coulda, woulda's , You will never have peace. Point blank, 3 friends went out to celebrate a grown woman's birthday, went to gang affiliated bars, got drunk, used coke then decided to leave to go to another bar. Everyone hanging out w/ them should've said 'hey, let me call you a cab"!! For every action there is a reaction and this is the consequence their families paid for these girls actions. This grl lisa has to live w/ the fact that her friends died. We are all so quick to judge, who knows maybe she can't remember. I am not taking her side, I think it's downright disgusting that she is a mother and a wife and is out doing coke and yet gets behind the wheel!! Very poor judgement. Ultimately she has to pay and live w/ this for the rest of her life and maybe she'll straighten herself out and get off the drugs cuz she looks like she is ALOT older than 44…

        guest said:
        March 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        i would look 90 if i went off a bridge & half froze to death

      trying to be fair said:
      March 6, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      maybee is feeling lots of guilt. As far as I am concerned all 3 girls are a fault. Everyone is forgetting that all were drunk and high on what ever. It is very unfortinate that two had to die. But that does not make Lisa a bad person. She also has children that are sufferig. Sandr left behind 4 children whos lives will be changed for ver. Lisas Life will be changed for ever. Im alo willing to bet that Lisa will never drink and drive again. The families of Sandra and Michelle also will think twice before anyone in their family drinks and drives also. May the Good Lord Bless all three families as they all are victims.

        trying to befair said:
        March 6, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        sorry but keboard doesrk rght

    me said:
    March 6, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Anyone know what happened in court???

      affected said:
      March 6, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      It is sad but I totally agree w/ trying to be fair! Yesterday was Lisa's Court date, I can't find any info. Does anyone know what happened? A lot of angry people blaming Lisa but she probably does not remember, if she does and refuses to come clean God will take care of her himself. I think about those 4 children and it breaks my heart that their mom is gone, makes you think about how you leave your house and you may never return. It could have all been prevented and those people calling themselves "friends" that were partying it up w/ them could have saved them!! May the families have their answers and hopefully there can be closure. Horrible to way to die :(

        just thinking said:
        March 10, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        maybe there is a gag order and that is why we are not hearing anything about what happened.

    Cazz said:
    March 8, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    You have to remember all three got in the car. Just because she survived it does not make her a muderer. What if all three had perished,then it would just be a tragedy, right?????

      guest said:
      March 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      or what if one of the others lived and lisa died? Or what if one of the people who claim to have been at the bar and saw them leave, were in the car instead of one of the others. I bet there's lots of people out there who have been thinking, OH THANK GOD it wasn't me in that car, or me being accused of manslaughter. That's ok though, it will come around to you too.

        oops said:
        March 8, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        Either way my FIRST reaction would be SOMEONE HELP ME HELP US! CALL 911! Not "oh hello officer, Im just walking home from a bar" Thats where the blame comes in.

        GUEST said:
        March 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Wow! Funny how everyone blames this Lisa grl. POINT BLANK all 3 were intoxicated, using coke and "feeling good". All 3 grls were in agreeance of who should drive, not like lisa put a gun to their head and demanded to drive. Since coke was found in lisa's possession, I am positive that is what impaired her to make quick rational decision. For grown folks to sit here and pass judgement on who is a murderer or not is ridiculous. They did take a 50 foot plunge off a bridge landing them near te canal. She is RESPONSIBLE for leaving the scene of an accident, only Lisa and God know if and what she can remember. May god help her through this and may the families of the deceased have peace and closure. My heart truly goes out to the kids and hopefully this is an eye opener for everyone who has come across this sad story.

        guest said:
        March 8, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        A person fleeing the scene or escaping would have thrown away any illegal substances. But oh wait, someone who didn't know where the hell they were or how they got there……wouldn't.

    duh said:
    March 8, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Can’t throw away whats IN your system!

      lies said:
      March 8, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      And she was just “walking home from a bar” seemed to be sure withthat story. Not “i dont know where im going i dont know what happened to me”

      just sayin... said:
      March 8, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      @Duh, she had coke in her possession!! Read the Trib article. They were all intoxicated and did coke, if she remembered, don't u think she would have tossed it? :/ she had head injury. I don't know her but it seems just.

        duh said:
        March 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM

        I dont have to read what the papers say. She had it IN her system along with other things. THATS why she was "just walking home from a bar".

        TRUTH said:
        March 8, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        WAKE UP PEOPLE. I dont care where and how you woke up from this horrible accident. ANYONE drunk, coked out, head injury would look around and thing WTF?! AND CALL FOR HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not stroll down harlem to go home. Obviously she knew HOW TO WALK THE EF HOME! THATS THE PROBLEM IN THIS STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT ONE DAMN PERSON INVOLVED IN THIS STORY WOULD POINT THE FINGER AT HER IF SHE SAID AND DID THE *RIGHT* THING. SHE DIDNT AND STILL ISNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        keeping it REAL said:
        March 11, 2013 at 7:18 AM

        So easy to judge her because she is the only one alive. do u know what she is going through? do you ACTUALLY know what happened without speculation? were u there? keep in mind she did have head injury and went over same bridge. She is guilty of leaving scene but maybe she really can't remember. People are so understandably angry but it took 3 people for this to happen, Lisa is not the only one that drank and did coke alone. The other 2 got in that same car and many people saw them "feeling good". How come no one stopped them? Those of you who hung out w/ them, ask yourself what kind of friend you are…

        Good and Evil said:
        March 11, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        "Truth"… You need a dose of education…What person who suffers from a head injury, has coke in their system and intoxicated on top of it will make a rational decision?! According to your pearls of wisdom …"they will look around and go WTF" I must call for help…yeah right. Easy for you to say sitting in a chair at your laptop …She probably ran screaming from the horror of what she saw. LOOK UP what those 3 things do to the brain!! You make it sound like she's was taking a morning stroll to go get a cup of coffee… She was clearly in shock,Eric according to the police officers that found her. What would your mind do if you had been passed out for hours, wake up into a nightmare…see the dead bodies of your friends? Yeah calm and rational would be a normal reaction….really?!! WHAT on earth do you think would happen to a persons phsychi?!! IT'S CALLED TRAUMA!! Look it up on the internet…you may actually learn something. People will continue to hate her because she had the misfortune of agreeing to drive and she survived the accident. You nor I or anyone else will ever know the state of mind she was in. If she remembered in the hospital but didn't say anything then thats a tragedy too that she will forever have to live with it. Also, No one knows what the few minutes were like in the car before the accident. Were they all laughing about the great time they had, or did someone pull out their cell phone and look at pics from the night and show them to the driver? In that split second when she turned her head to look did she loose control of the car? See how easy it is to make up stories and assumptions…She may never remember the details of the accident itself. We know that all three woman are responsible for their own actions that night…there's plenty of blame to go around. We can all sit here and judge Lisa's character and that of the two women that died but it won't change a damn thing.

        WORDS said:
        March 12, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        "pearls of wisdom" (no, common sense). "screaming from horror at what she saw" "Clearly in shock"? Tramatized, clearly. All that being said, hello officer "Im just walking home from a bar" We get it was NOT HER FAULT.We get what ever the story is wont bring back the 2 ladies. ACTIONS speak alot louder then words and in this case its BOTH. But what do I know?

        Me again said:
        March 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        It just sucks cause we dont know and probably never will. Thats the hurtful part of it all. Cant blame anyone. Articles make her sound really bad and going by that, yes people can judge her actions. Closure will never happen, not for the families. All 3 families.

        Guest said:
        March 12, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        With the court people will know the outcome. I don't know her and I don't think she is a bas lady, now her actions are what I doubt but then again she took a 50 foot plunge and she probably can't remember. Her punishment if she is lying or hiding something is to live w/ the 2 deaths of her friends, because they were close partying friends.

        Good and Evil said:
        March 13, 2013 at 12:30 AM

        "WORDS… "but what do I know?"..You and I know nothing…we are all just giving our opinions, agree or not…and thats it. I NEVER said it wasn't her fault…what I am saying is that there are MANY contributing factors to this accident…Theres' plenty of blame to go around is what I said. ….We have heard different versions throughout this forum on what Lisa supposedly said when the officers found her (in shock & intoxicated according to newspaper reports). So who do we believe?Everyone has been so sure of "the facts" then someone else says something else and they" know the truth" too. The truth and stories change daily. … Let the courts sift through the truth which will include the people that actually talked to her when they found her, along with the medical staff that took care of her.I GET IT! It's impossible to believe that a friend intentionally left her friends at an accident but am giving her the benefit of the doubt solely based on the fact that she was (allegedly) on coke, intoxicated, head injury, trauma, meds given to her at the hospital. How else could she have possibly done it otherwise?!! That is not the Lisa I know. If she did remember all along or at some point while she was in the hospital then it is a horrible thing that she never spoke up. It would be sad and cowardly… Its impossible for us to wrap our head around if that is what happened. However, it does not erase the evening of friends, cop friends, etc. watch them all get into the car then act judgmental and surprised that this horrible tragedy happened! Where was their "common sense"?

        WORDS said:
        March 13, 2013 at 8:27 AM


        Cicero said:
        March 13, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        Well said… Give her the benefit of doubt and people are hurt/angry rightfully so but the court system will decide. Maybe this will make her never wanna take a drink snort coke and drive again though. Eye opener for all the ladies out there that have kids and do this kinda thing!

        Guest said:
        March 18, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Does anyone know what's going on w/ Lisa and court?

        justice said:
        March 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM


    aquaintance said:
    March 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    If she was, in fact, driving the vehicle, she is going to prison for a VERY long time. Forensics will prove whether or not she was the driver.

    Vehicular Manslaughter in Illinois carries the following sentence:

    1 to 28 years
    Aggravated DUI resulting in death: Class 2 felony, Not less than 3 years or more
    than 14 years (for death of 1 person) or not less than 6 years or more than 28 years
    (for death of 2 or more persons) and not more than $25,000. The offender is
    required to serve 85% of any term of imprisonment. The court may not sentence
    the offender to probation unless the court finds that “extraordinary circumstances”
    exist requiring probation.
    625 ILCS 5/11-501(d)(1)(F). 625 ILCS 5/11-501(d)(2)(G); 730 ILCS 5/5-9-1.

    The sentence for 2 counts will be carried out if she is found guilty. If she has ANY prior DUI's on her record – the sentence will be more toward the 28 years.

    me said:
    July 19, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Was she sentenced?

      Common sense said:
      August 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      NO because she was not driving, it was not even her car. Her DNA is no where on the keys, steering wheel or the front seats of the car.

        common sence said:
        August 23, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        If she went through the windshield. DNA has to be somewhere in the frontseat

        Curious said:
        August 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        who said she went through the windshield?

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