Savoy woman struck by alleged drunken driver

Savoy woman struck by alleged drunken driver

CHAMPAIGN — A 19-year-old Savoy woman was injured after being hit in Campustown by an alleged drunken driver early Saturday.

Seonghyun Lee, 24, of the 200 block of West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Sunday. State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Saturday her office was waiting for Champaign police reports before deciding what Lee would be charged with.

Champaign police Sgt. Jaceson Yandell said preliminary reports said Makena Brillhart, 19, was with a group on foot that was crossing Green Street near Fourth Street against a light around 2 a.m. when she was struck.

Lee was headed west and tried to miss them, Yandell said.

"Multiple witnesses said a group of pedestrians was in the 400 block of Green Street and illegally ran from south to north across Green. He was westbound and tried to avoid the group and struck her. She had entered the road behind the initial group," he said.

Yandell said officers gave Lee a breath test, which showed his blood alcohol content at 0.13. Under Illinois law, a motorist is presumed intoxicated at 0.08.

Police said Brillhart was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Her condition was not immediately available.

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BruckJr wrote on October 21, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Are  there charges against Brillhart?

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on October 21, 2017 at 10:10 pm
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Not an unreasonable question.

But it's a great reminder that you shouldn't drink & drive for just this reason. You might think you're in control, and you might in fact be in control. 

But if there's an incident, and your blood alcohol level is above the legal presumption limit, you're screwed anyway. So just don't do it.

Annotator wrote on October 22, 2017 at 3:10 am

Another aspect to this, was the pedestrian also intoxicated while jaywalking?  Of course, this was in the newly created pedestrian friendly zone, so maybe ticket(s) will be issued only to the vehicle driver, since the vehicle driver shouldn't be there at any time?  Get a grip on reality folks. Pedestrians and drivers of vehicles both occupy the same space.  Pedestrians need to be aware of vehicles in their vicinity, or they will stand a greater chance of being maimed or killed by a vehicle that weighs 25 times their body weight.

PSL wrote on October 22, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Drivers need to be aware that they're piloting a vehicle that weighs 25 times the body weight of defenseless humans, and should take every precaution to avoid hitting them.

Jsmith68 wrote on October 22, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Words of wisdom by the great Robb as usual.

Reykjavik wrote on October 22, 2017 at 8:10 pm

"... crossing Green Street near Fourth Street against a light around 2 a.m..."

The person that was hit was

+ wandering around bar-town

+ jay-walking

+ 2 in the AM


= extremely stupid behavior


hopefully charges are diminished against the driver because it take two to achieve what they did.

PSL wrote on October 22, 2017 at 11:10 pm

It's insanely cool of you to stick up for a reckless drunk driver because the person he hit was in a certain place at a certain time that you judge unacceptable. Extremely normal behavior. Definitely not psychotic.

Reykjavik wrote on October 23, 2017 at 4:10 pm

They were jay-walking at night in an area where basically the main activity is drinking alcohol.  And they are blaming someone for hitting them?

PSL wrote on October 23, 2017 at 7:10 pm

You clearly think that this woman deserved to be hit by a drunk driver. I wish you the best of luck in seeking treatment for your clinical lack of empathy and humanity.

rsp wrote on October 23, 2017 at 12:10 pm

So are you trying to suggest they may have  both been out late on the streets intoxicated? I don't remember a point system based on who you hit.


constantly amazed wrote on October 24, 2017 at 8:10 am

1. Even if he didn't hit anyone or anything his BAC was .13, he would be DUI.

2. One of the reasons it is illegal to drive under the influence is it reduces your ability to react, his ability to react to possibly drunk people running out in the middle of the block is presumed by the law to be impaired. Maybe she was at fault but the DUI laws consider that maybe he could have reacted in time to prevent the accident if he was not impaired.