Father's Decision Killed Daughter: Prosecutors

The man's eyes appeared "blood shot, glassy" that night, police say

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011  |  Updated 8:34 AM CDT
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Father to Blame in Daughter's Train Death?

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A Chicago father faces reckless homicide charges in the train accident death of his daughter.

Terry Robertson, 48, of the 9200 block of South Yates Blvd., drove his car around railroad crossing gates as a train approached at 40-miles per hour at 97th and Eggleston in December.

The New York-bound train slammed into his car killing his teenage daughter, the Sun-Times reports.

Patrice Robinson, 19, succumbed to hemorrhagic shock, and head and body injuries. She died an hour after the accident.

Her father's blood alcohol level of .071 fell under the legal limit. However, his eyes appeared "blood shot, glassy" and his breath smelled of alcohol, according to a police report. 

Robinson's mother said Robertson was giving their daughter a ride to her cashier job that night. 

Robertson also suffered severe injuries in the crash, which makes it difficult for him to speak clearly, said the teen's mother, who refused to give her name to the paper.

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