Alcohol Possibly Involved in Model’s Fatal Car Accident

A woman found dead in a car that plunged into the Chicago River was reportedly drinking heavily at a bar hours before her death.A local model who died after her vehicle plunged into the Chicago River was caught on film drinking copiously on the night of her death, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The videotape came to light after the family of Irma Sabonovic, a 25-year-old Bosnian-born model and college student, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. Her family claims that warning signs and stronger barricades on the city-owned land where Sabonovic's car crashed into the river could have prevented the accident from occurring, reported the newspaper.

Sabanovic was last seen alive after leaving Chuckie's bar in Rogers Park. A city source told the paper that video taken at the bar shows that Sabanovic consumed seven or eight beers and nine shots of liquor in under two hours, while another recording reportedly shows her car speeding before hitting trees and flipping into the river.

In a statement, city officials denied that the street Sabonovic drove off of was inherently dangerous and claims there was a "no outlet" signed prominently displayed at its entrance.

Alcohol can severely impair a person's ability to properly operate an automobile. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent can damage a motorists' speed control, perception and muscle coordination, while at 0.10 percent an individual may experience a reduced ability to steer and brake a vehicle properly.