Driver cited for DUI in Champaign collision

Driver cited for DUI in Champaign collision

CHAMPAIGN — Two men were listed in fair condition late Thursday morning at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, and one of them was ticketed for DUI and disobeying a traffic signal, after a collision Wednesday afternoon in Champaign.

A Champaign officer witnessed the accident at Prospect Avenue and Bloomington Road, when a car driven by Immanuel C. Williams, 25, of the 100 block of West Clark Street, Champaign, drove at high speed north on Prospect at 1:38 p.m.

Police say the vehicle ran a red light and collided with a car driven by James A. Leeds of Bloomington, causing one of the cars to roll over and doing extensive damage to both.

A passer-by helped the injured drivers at the scene, police said.

Williams was ticketed for driving under the influence and for disobeying a traffic signal, according to Rene Dunn, spokeswoman for Champaign police.

The collision closed northbound Prospect and westbound Bloomington Road for a time Wednesday afternoon.

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areader wrote on September 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Drivers who drink and drive at high rates of speed should NOT BE BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A VEHICLE!  This type of driving is just plain stupid!

I hope Mr. Leeds makes a full recovery!


asparagus wrote on September 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

I hope they both make a full recovery, and that Mr. Williams gets some effective treatment for his addiction.

EL YATIRI wrote on September 25, 2012 at 9:09 am
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What effective treatment?  Court ordered twelve step group attendance?  

We need science, research, and reality based treatment.  Not some twelve step, higher power, bubbameister, supernatural/miracles program started by shyster/hustler Bill Wilson. 

asparagus wrote on September 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

I didn't say anything about the treatment other than I hoped it would effective. 

rma42511 wrote on September 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

 There should be no pitty on the one who caused the accident..... He's suppose to be an adult, he made that choice to drink and drive. When are they going to be held accountable for thier lack of judgement and actions.... Ive seen to many innocent people, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters who have gotten killed by these so called humans biengs who always have an exscuse on why they are eihter alcoholic or addict... They chose to drink.. No one forced them... Jimmy has always tried to been an oustanding man... Hes a great father who tries to do everything for his kids... And becuase of this so called man who is weak and decide to get into his car and drive, almost took that away from those kids... How would he feel if some drunk driver killed one of his parents or brother or sister... Think about that Immanuel Williams!! 

Deathbycute wrote on September 23, 2012 at 5:09 am
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To say mr Williams is "not human" is incredibly unfair.  In the article he was give a DUI, no where does it say he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a DUI can be warranted for being under the influence of any controlled substance including pharmaciticals.  This accident could have been caused by a med error or even a med misunderstanding.  It is human to error.  I'm incredibly greatful to know that both men are doing well and since I was one of the first individuals to respond and see the results of this terrible ACCIDENT, I'd ask you to not to judge before you've walked in their shoes.

asparagus wrote on September 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

I too jumped to the conclusion that it was alcohol or other illegal drug, but you are right, we don't know.

In any case, dehumanizing the one at fault is simply not constructive and won't ameliorate any of the harm caused.

alabaster jones 71 wrote on September 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm
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The fact that he rolled through a red light at one of the busiest intersections in town strongly suggests that he was under the influence of something, and quite heavily so.


Your point about DUI's is valid, though.  Although obviously most DUI's are merited, there are some cases where they are not.  Let's say you smoked a joint three weeks ago, and you get into a car accident where you and/or the other driver are injured enough to require hospitalization.  They run a blood test on you at the hospital, it shows up for THC, and guess what?  You could, and probably will, get charged with DUI.

EL YATIRI wrote on September 26, 2012 at 10:09 am
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Is it true that blood testing can't be refused?  If you refuse blood and urine tests do they suspend your license anyway for a year?

dw wrote on September 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

The big concrete objet d'art in the middle of a roundabout helps to prevent catastrophic multi-vehicle collisions such as this one: first by providing a much stronger visual cue to slow down (no getting through a roundabout at 35-40 mph) and second if there IS a catastrophic collision, it's generally a single vehicle hitting the concrete, not another innocent driver/pedestrian/cyclist.  If there is a collision it's generally glancing (at an accute angle) not t-bone (90-degrees).

Search the N-G website for "collision" and "intersection" and you'll see many more photos of catastrophic collisions in Champaign-Urbana over the years that could've been prevented with a commitment to change to a better intersection design...  and they'll keep happening until we change the way we design our intersections:  stoplights are designed for danger/distraction:  do you speed up to beat the yellow light?  Where are you looking when you're approaching an intersection? (the light) Where should it be? (the things you don't want to hit -- the schoolchildren walking to school, the bicyclists, the other motorists)... modern designed roundabouts put the driver's attention back on where it belongs -- the people not the lights!

bluegrass wrote on September 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Where is Mark Taylor when we need him?