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Woman in Chicago Leaves Scene of Fatal DUI Car Accident

Mar 26, 2013 |

A Chicago woman was found wandering drunkenly along a highway ramp near Lyons, Illinois last month, when police found her and asked her about a fatal car crash killing two women. The woman did not have a response.

Lisa Elner, 44, is now in custody with a $2 million bail for causing the crash that ultimately killed 37 year-old Michelle Miranda and Sandra Frankum, 36. The two women were killed when the SUV they were driving fell at least 50 feet onto another road.

Elner faces charges of failing to report a deadly accident, aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol involving death, possession of cocaine, and other traffic charges, according to police.

Elner was found by police, aimlessly walking near an entrance ramp on southbound Interstate 55 and seemed to be “freezing and intoxicated,” according to Police Commander Brian Kuratko.

The overturned SUV was not discovered for about five hours after Elner was found by police. Both women died from injuries sustained in the accident. Police were able to piece together that the SUV was headed south toward Interstate 55 around 3 a.m. when it lost control and jumped a curb, crashing through a barrier before hitting the road below.

Elner surrendered to police last week.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a DUI accident, please contact the attorneys at Bentoff & Duber.