A 19-year-old man who admitted drinking beer, smoking pot and taking muscle relaxers before causing a fatal crash Monday night on the Northwest Side was ordered held without bond Thursday.
Mishel Lame, 19, was charged with aggravated DUI causing a fatal accident, and cited for negligent driving, failure to reduce speed and operating a vehicle without insurance, according to Chicago Police.
At 7:25 p.m., Lame was driving a white 2011 BMW and speeding northbound in the 5100 block of North Nagle when he rear-ended a Jeep that was stopped at the intersection, prosecutors said. The Jeep then struck a Lexus directly in front of it, causing the Lexus to swerve into oncoming traffic and strike a Honda head-on.
Lame’s BMW then spun around and struck a tree on the east side of Nagle, knocking the tree over, prosecutors said.
Lame’s passenger in the BMW, 20-year-old Marion-Mario Tahiraj, had to be extricated from the vehicle after the crash, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Tahiraj, of the 4200 block of North Meade, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:50 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.
Lame was also taken to Masonic with non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was seriously injured, prosecutors said.
Lame later admitted that he drank beer, smoked pot and took muscle relaxers, according to prosecutors. His blood alcohol level at the hospital was .190.
Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Lame, who remains hospitalized, held without bond Thursday.