Charges of driving under the influence of alcohol were dropped against a Chicago man who was behind the wheel of an SUV when it struck and killed a motorcyclist in Long Grove in September, Lake County prosecutors said Wednesday.
Laboratory results showed Joseph Cardinale, 43, was not drunk or impaired on drugs when his vehicle collided with motorcyclist Anthony Brust, 21, at Old Route 53 and Robert Parker Coffin Road in Long Grove, Assistant State's Attorney Ari Fisz said.
Because Cardinale was not impaired at the time of the crash, Fisz said, he ordered the charges dropped against Cardinale in Lake County misdemeanor court.
However, Fisz said a citation of failure to yield right of way remains in effect for Cardinale's role in the accident. He also said the accident remains under investigation and additional chares still could be filed against Cardinale.
Brust died Sept. 11 from blunt force trauma to the head suffered when his motorcycle collided with Cardinale's SUV about 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10.
Authorities said Cardinale was turning left in a GMC Arcadia onto eastbound Old Route 53 from southbound Robert Parker Coffin Road when the accident occurred. Brust was traveling west on Old Route 53.
Cardinale was not injured in the crash.
He is due back in court Nov. 21 regarding the failure to yield charge.