It is bad enough to get behind the wheel after a few drinks, and consequently to be involved in a car accident. Worse still, to have caused injury and even death upon another in that accident. But what might possibly be worse than that still? To have caused the death of your 1-year-old child and have an additional four citations on top of that.
That is what happened to Adreannia Donaldson, a 29-year-old woman from Chicago, on Friday January 11. Those citations led to her being charged the following day with one felony count of aggravated drunken driving and separate misdemeanor counts for having no insurance, no driver’s license, failure to yield and not having a child restraint for a child younger than 8 years old.
Donaldson was driving a Mazda 3 heading west on West Lower Wacker Drive, with an adult male passenger and 1-year-old Amaria Glenn in tow. When making an improper U-turn at an intersection, the Mazda 3 collided with an Acura MDX that was driving east on a green light. The Mazda 3 then hit a wall, throwing Glenn from the vehicle. When the police arrived at the scene, the Mazda rested against a pole with its doors open, windows broken, and airbags deployed. The Acura’s front hood was fully damaged but the rest of the vehicle and its occupants seemed relatively well off. The two women, 18 and 19, and the two men, both 19, of the Acura suffered no major injuries and declined medical treatment.
The occupants of the Mazda were not so lucky. Donaldson and her 29-year-old passenger were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Glenn was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital in critical condition. Police believe that, though the child had been wearing a seat belt, she was not in a car seat when the crash occurred. The child died within the hour of being taken to the hospital.
Donaldson is scheduled to appear in traffic court on January 18th.