Driver in fatal 11 car pile up in Oak Lawn was drunk, police say

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The driver that caused the fatal 11 car pile-up  in Oak Lawn in October had a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit.

81-year-old Edward Carthans was the driver of a pickup truck that caused the accident at 95th and Cicero on October 5th.   Carthans was killed along with two nuns; 86-year-old Sister Jean Stickney and 48-year-old  Sister Kab Kyoung Kim, known as Sister Anna.  They served at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. They were on their way home from a shopping trip.

Carthans was seen minutes earlier, slumped over the wheel of his truck. A passerby asked if he needed help and says Carthans sped away hitting three vehicles before the crash. He had a clean driving record.

Cartnhans had a blood alcohol level of .179%, according to a report released today by the Oak Lawn police. Alcohol intoxication is being ruled as a contributing factor to the crash, as well as excessive speed, the report said.

23 people were also injured in the crash.

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