UPDATE: Reckless Homicide, Aggravated DUI Charges Filed in Crash That Killed 2 Elgin Residents
- UPDATE 10AM MONDAY, MARCH 25
Multiple reckless homicide and aggravated driving-under-the-influence charges have been filed against a Glendale Heights man after an early morning Wednesday crash in Elgin that killed two Elgin residents.
According to a report by the Elgin Police Department, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has authorized the following charges against Adrian Velasco, 21, of the 500 block of Gregory Ave., Glendale Heights:
- Four counts of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Resulting in Death, a Class 2 felony.
- Two counts of Reckless Homicide, a Class 3 felony.
- Two counts of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence with No Insurance, a Class 4 felony.
- Two Counts of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Causing Great Bodily Harm, a Class 4 felony.
- Multiple traffic offenses.
Velasco will appear today (Friday, March 22, 2019) in Kane County Bond Court.
The Kane County Coroner’s Office on Thursday identified the two victims in the crash: Norieli Villagomez, 26, and Omar Pizano Zavala, 30, both of Elgin.
According to reports, a 2018 Nissan Altima driven by Zavala was waiting to exit a business located at Summit and Dundee, when a 2012 Honda sedan driven by Velasco and traveling west on Summit Street left the roadway and “forcefully struck the Nissan.”
Kane County prosecutors and Elgin police said a passenger was riding in the front seat of Velasco’s Honda and that Velasco was driving west on Summit Street at a speed of about 75 mph in a posted 30 mph zone at the time of the crash.
Zavala, who was a passenger in the vehicle that was struck, was pronounced dead at the scene. Villagomez, who was driving, was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead a few hours later.
The passenger in Velasco’s vehicle sustained serious injuries.
Velasco appeared Friday in Kane County bond court. Kane County Associate Judge Keith Johnson set Velasco’s bail at $500,000 with 10 percent ($50,000) to apply for bond. Johnson set Velasco’s next court appearance for 9 a.m. March 28, 2019, in Courtroom 319 at the Kane County Judicial Center.
The Elgin Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident. If anyone has information to provide, please contact the Elgin Police Department Traffic Unit at 847-289-2667.
The public is reminded that an arrest is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
SOURCE: Elgin Police Department, Kane County Coroner’s Office news releases