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