On Friday, Steven L. Willis pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a fatal DUI accident that happened last month. The accident occurred on October 23rd when Samantha Miller’s vehicle had broken down along Interstate 55. Miller, 27-years-old, and her three young children were waiting for help next to the disabled vehicle when she was struck by Willis’ vehicle. Miller was killed in the accident, and investigators determined 38-year-old Willis was operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He has been charged with aggravated DUI and was released after he posted bond on a $200,000 bail. Miller, of Edwardsville, Illinois, was a member of the roller derby team Confluence Crush and her teammates attended the hearing on Friday. They have also begun to raise funds for Miller’s surviving children that are only 3,6, and 8. Willis will be required to return to court at a future date and has a lengthy criminal record including more than 40 traffic citations.
Drunk driving accidents claim the lives of 28 individuals every day, according to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving. Every driver is equipped with the knowledge regarding the risks and consequences of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol. However, millions of individuals make the reckless decision to drive intoxicated resulting in serious injuries and fatalities to innocent victims. To receive full justice against a drunk driver, it is important to consult an experienced St. Louis drunk driving accident attorney.
The Burns Law Firm will fight aggressively to hold all negligent and reckless drivers accountable for their actions. We will investigate the accident, gather all evidence, and work to recover the maximum compensation for your damages. Contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation.