U of C law student killed in wrong way LSD collision

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A woman who died after the taxi in which she was riding was hit by a suspected drunken driver going the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive was about to graduate from University of Chicago Law School, authorities said this afternoon.

Charges are pending against the driver, whose vehicle collided with the taxi, killing Laura Anne LaPlante, of New Hampshire, and injuring himself and two others, police said.

“She was supposed to graduate this year,” said John Bright, who answered the phone at the law school on the South Side. She was in her third year, he added.

“Our flags are at half-staff,” Bright said.

The crash happened at Randolph Street as the man drove a Subaru south in the northbound lanes and collided with the taxi at around 1:50 a.m. Friday, according to police.

LaPlante, 26, of Hancock, New Hampshire, was pronounced dead about 6:30 p.m. Friday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Results of an autopsy were not immediately available.

She and a 25-year-old man she was with in the taxi were taken to that hospital in critical condition.

The driver of the Subaru and the cab driver were taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook county. Their conditions and ages were not available.

The Subaru driver was taken into custody and charges are pending. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive were closed at Monroe Drive but have since been opened.

-Chicago Tribune reporting

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  • kirby14

    I know that smoking is a bad habit, etc., – BUT! In accidents – like the above story – and I'm assuming that alcohol and/or drugs were involved – why MORE isn't said about the awful events that occur while alcohol
    is involved? I would be interested in knowing how many accidents, how much domestic violence, killings, etc. are as a result of smoking???? Aren't these typically and often alcohol fueled incidents??
    I guess my point is that smokers get a bad rap and drinkers seem to get pass…are there ANY "stop drinking commercials? Any patches to wear – to stop drinking? And cigarette taxes keep going up and up. How about taxing the drinkers??
    I'm not defending the smokers – Just asking if the social stigmas of being a smoker are the same as for being a drinker or alcoholic?

    • ChicagoCommonSense

      I predict you were smoking something besides cigarettes while typing this post. Alcohol abusers and smokers both kill other people. It just takes a few years longer to die of stinky second hand smoke.

  • Put Another Traffic Camera Up instead Of Hiring more Police Oficers Rahm

    Sure glad we have all those traffic cameras up instead of police officers on the street.
    Maybe they can sit in their offfices and click the mouse to see how long that drunk/drugged driver was driving before they took someones loved one and that person’s life away.
    How many people have to die in the streets before a desk jockey gets the common sense to put more cops on the street.
    I’d be willing to wager those camera companies make a sizable campain donation to the politicians that spent all our tax dollars and simply are not keeping us safe on the street of Chicago

  • Lisa

    This young lady had her whole life ahead of her,until some moron snatched it all away because they made the stupid decision to drink and drive,everytime I read stories like this I just become sooooo angry,and the even sadder part is that it will continue to happen over and over again…….RIP LAURA ANNE LaPLANTE.

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