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Hillside man indicated in traffic fatality

La Grange, IL

Michael Kainz, 21, 322 Buckthorne Lane, Hillside, has been indicted on two counts of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs for his role in a traffic crash that caused the death of a 46-year-old Itasca man.

At 6:45 a.m. Nov. 30, Kainz was traveling northbound on Addison Road in Addison. As he turned left onto Michael Lane, he struck Robert Lash, who was riding a motorcycle southbound on Addison Road.

Lash was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he passed away from traumatic head injuries. An investigation into the crash led by the Addison Police Department determined that at the time of the crash, Kainz had marijuana in his system.

“Driving with any amount of cannabis in your system is illegal,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said. “Cannabis can remain in your system for days after consumption and while the driver of a vehicle may not feel impaired, they will be held responsible and face significant consequences if it is determined that their driving caused injury or death to another and they had any amount of cannabis in their system at the time of the crash.”

Aggravated DUI of drugs is a special Class 2 felony, which carries a sentence of up to 14 years in prison. In addition, Kainz also faces one count of failure to yield the right of way.

DuPage County Judge Brian Diamond issued a $250,000 arrest warrant with 10 percent to apply for Kainz on Thursday.

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