Glendale Heights Man Pleads Guilty to Deadly Elgin DUI Crash

Glendale Heights Man Pleads Guilty to Deadly Elgin DUI Crash

A Glendale Heights man has pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges in the March 2019 crash that took the lives of two people in Elgin.

Adrian Velasco

According to a Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office news release, 23-year-old Adrian Velasco has pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated DUI, a Class 2 felony.

The judge set Velasco’s next court appearance for 10 a.m. Dec. 11, 2020, for sentencing.

Velasco faces a sentence of between six and 28 years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections. If Velasco can demonstrate to the court that extraordinary conditions exist, he could be sentenced to probation.

Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Mark D. Stajdohar stated in court that early in the morning of March 19, 2019, Velasco was under the influence of alcohol while he was driving a 2012 Honda Accord in Elgin. A passenger was riding in the front passenger seat.

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Shortly after 1:40 a.m., as Velasco was driving west on Summit Street at Dundee Avenue at a speed of approximately 75 mph in a posted 30 mph zone, the Honda crashed into a 2018 Nissan that was stopped in a business exit and waiting to turn onto Summit Street.

Omar Zavala, 30, who was a passenger in the Nissan, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Nissan driver, 26-year-old Norieli Villagomez, was ejected from the vehicle. She 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’s blood-alcohol concentration was .271.

Velasco’s passenger told police that Velasco had been “driving all crazy,” was “too drunk to drive,” and had consumed Everclear grain alcohol as well as beer.

Police reported that Velasco had open alcohol in the car, appeared to be in a stupor, fell asleep while being transported to the hospital and vomited at the hospital.

Velasco remains in custody at the Kane County jail, where he had been held in lieu of $500,000 bail since his arrest.

SOURCE: Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office news release

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