A father and son were both cited with DUI today after a Saturday crash in which they lost control of their motorcycles and were critically injured on Lake Shore Drive.
About 3:45 p.m. Saturday, the men, ages 53 and 25, were northbound on Lake Shore Drive near Hollywood Avenue when the father lost control of his motorcycle, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
The father was thrown from his blue 2003 Harley Davidson and tumbled down Lake Shore Drive while his motorcycle, now riderless, traveled at least a block before striking a taxi, Mirabelli said.
His son, who also was northbound in the second lane, lost control of his green 1978 Suzuki and crashed into a concrete barrier. The son flipped over the barrier and landed in the grassy area next to the walking and jogging path adjacent to the lake. Police said his right leg was trapped between the wall and his Suzuki.
Both men were taken in critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical where blood tests revealed the son's alcohol level was over the legal limit, Mirabelli said.The father suffered injuries to his back and head and the son had injuries to his leg and body.
The father was charged with misdemeanor DUI for driving while impaired and the son was charged with two counts of misdemeanor DUI, once for driving while impaired and once for driving over the legal limit, Mirabelli said.
It was not clear if the father and son, both of Norridge, were wearing helmets.
They are both scheduled to appear in traffic court on June 26, Mirabelli said.
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