Suburban Driver Accused in Fatal Collision: Cocaine Use Suspected

A man from Crystal Lake who was suspected of being under the influence of drugs during a fatal head-on accident that occurred in February of last year is now facing numerous charges in connection with the disaster, according to an announcement made by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

After conducting an investigation into the traffic accident, investigators came to the conclusion that Craig B. Muzard, 74, was under the influence of cocaine while driving on Route 59 south of Route 132 in unincorporated Lake Villa on the evening of February 3.

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According to the findings of the investigation, the impact of narcotics played a “direct role” in the collision that resulted in the death of George V. Giannakakis, who was 73 years old at the time of the incident.

On Wednesday, Muzard was taken into custody and given charges of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of drugs, which resulted in the death of another person.

According to the deputies, Muzard was operating a GMC Acadia in the direction of northbound traffic on Route 59 when, for reasons that are not known, the vehicle took a turn into the southbound lanes.

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The Kia that Giannakakis was driving was struck by the GMC. It was stated by witnesses that the GMC was swerving prior to the collision.

Critical injuries were sustained by both individuals, and they were rushed to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Shortly after arriving, it was determined that Giannakakis had passed away.

Muzard is still being held at the Lake County Jail in anticipation of his court appearance.

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