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The Bellevue News-Democrat is reporting that an area man has been charged in connection with the death of a motorcyclist in the City of Edwardsville, Illinois (https://www.bnd.com/news/local/crime/article222357360.html).

On July 12, 35-year-old Markia A. Ivy was riding her motorcycle at around 8:30 pm in the area of New Poag and Wanda Roads. She was struck by 50-year-old David S. Sterling, who was driving a 2004 Buick Rainier at the time of the crash. As a result of the injuries sustained in the collision, Ivy died hours later at a local hospital while Sterling walked away from the incident unharmed.

Ivy was the sole surviving parent of her 12-year-old son Malik Allen, who plays track, basketball, football and baseball at Lincoln Middle School and is a tremendous athlete, according to his coach, Sean McMeen. The young boy’s father was killed in a crash when he was just five years old.

Captain Michael Dixon of the local sheriff’s office said that Ivy had been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Unfortunately, her injuries proved too severe.

The sheriff’s office has been investigating the accident and recently charged Sterling with several offenses, including the unlawful use of his electronic device, reckless homicide, aggravated DUI that resulted in death, and aggravated driving with a blood alcohol level of at least .08, resulting in death. According to the results of the investigation, Sterling was also actively using his cell phone when the crash occurred.

Immediately after the accident occurred, Sterling was arrested by law enforcement officers. He submitted to toxicological testing, according to the sheriff’s office. The results from the Metro East Crash Assistance Team and those toxicological tests were given to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office in late November, and charges were filed shortly afterward. Sterling came to the sheriff’s office voluntarily and turned himself in after being charged. He is currently being held in the Madison County jail in lieu of a bond of $100,000.

DUI and distracted driving are deadly

On their own, driving under the influence and driving while distracted can prove deadly. When combined, as in the case of David Sterling, the consequences are likely to prove tragic.

Distracted driving is on the rise in the US in general due to the increased accessibility of mobile devices and is now a leading cause factor in accidents. Driving while distracted means doing anything that takes attention off the road and onto something else. It also includes eating, grooming and using some in-car features.

Despite all the national attention on the dangers of driving while under the influence, it continues to be a common factor in deadly traffic accidents nationwide.

If you have been the victim of a car accident, you have rights and may be able to receive compensation for the losses and pain you endured because of your accident. Speak to an experienced auto accident lawyer Denver, CO offers at Richard J. Banta, P.C. about your case as soon as you can to ensure that all your rights are fully protected.