Cicero woman charged with felony DUI after flipping car onto Blue Line

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

Jessica G. Garcia, 21 and a Cicero resident, has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence, a felony, following a early morning car accident last Friday in which a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee sped through a guardrail at the end of Taylor Avenue in Oak Park and landed upside down on the CTA Blue Line train tracks after soaring over multiple freight train tracks.

The driver, who had a blood alcohol content of .188, has also been charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence, driving without a valid driver’s license, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

Garcia was found outside the vehicle and conscious following the crash, which occurred at 3:18 a.m. and caused a two-hour suspension of service on the Blue Line. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.

Oak Park police said last week that the accident appeared to have occurred when the driver of the Jeep continued north on Taylor and failed to stop when the road came to a T with Garfield Street. The car jumped the curb, crashed through the guard rail, and came to a landing upside down on the Blue Line tracks.  

A media representative for the CTA said that power was removed from a portion of the tracks shortly after 3:19 a.m., when the CTA learned of the accident. For the next two hours, service was suspended on the eastbound track and both inbound and outbound trains operated on the westbound track. The CTA also ran a shuttle bus between the Pulaski and Forest Park Blue Line stops. The vehicle was removed from the tracks at 5 a.m. and full service was restored by 5:16 a.m.

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Just Me from Cicero  

Posted: March 3rd, 2011 10:53 PM

damm i know this girl... its sad that her so called Friends let her drive like this... we are there to take care one of another is sad... i wish her the best, specially her mom. Hope she learned her lesson plus it a miracle she made it out alive...

young adult   

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 1:20 PM

This girl clearly is an IDIOT. Being in college I have had my fair share of drinks sometimes to many,but any responsible person knows don't be a complete moron and drive! Not only was she obliterated but she had a suspended license and an uninsured vehicle. Darwin Fail.

Kevin  

Posted: February 26th, 2011 3:34 PM

@twin city/former oak park from Minneapolis, Minnesota I have a feeling God was in on this...

OP Resident  

Posted: February 26th, 2011 9:08 AM

Volvo being the safest car, I think Jeep has a good chance at #2.

twin city/former oak park from Minneapolis, Minnesota  

Posted: February 26th, 2011 8:55 AM

Drugs reek from this situation somehow and this fools survived ? Well thank God no one was hurt by hi ignorance.

John McCarthy from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: February 26th, 2011 6:44 AM

This just in: Soon after the proper authorities restored normal service to the CTA Blue Line and the EMS paramedics got the driver right side up & stabilized, the Dooper PC police moved in. Parsing language and fighting off imaginary demons only the Dooper PC police can detect, they quickly found fault with the smirking witnesses. The Dooper PC police determined that there was indeed no flipped over car; instead, there was an "isolated incident" that fit neatly under someone's dusty rug...

hm  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 6:57 PM

I can't help but think that's a very funny OP comment: Lucky SOB pretty much means "lucky dog." And that driver? Is one lucky dog.

OP Resident  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 4:54 PM

Excuse me, Hasty. But your use of an offensive term to describe the woman is really in poor taste. Maybe you weren't thinking about how hurtful that word is too many people. I'm sure the women in your life would rather you dropped it as a reference. I'll agree the driver was lucky. Real lucky!

hasty from op  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 4:21 PM

lucky s.o.b. if she would of hit the 3rd rail she would've been blown sky high

JC  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 3:07 PM

Absolutely amazing that the driver will survive. I guess those seat belt laws are worth it!

Jeff Schroeder from Oak Park  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 1:20 PM

That would be an interesting episode for Mythbusters to try to re-create. It almost doesn't seem possible.

Drewski from OakPark  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 1:17 PM

Pic?!

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 1:09 PM

Well, since this lady (possible Darwin nominee) has survived, let me be the first to say: cewl!

RLo  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 12:55 PM

I live across the park and the emergency vehicles woke us up at 3:30. It was like a war zone!

Barb  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 12:31 PM

I used to come home from work that late and came very close to falling asleep may times. That could have happened.

OP Resident  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 12:31 PM

OMG

David Kindler from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 25th, 2011 12:27 PM

That would be a pretty impressive feat to accomplish if not under the influence.

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