Driver Charged With Aggravated DUI After Route 25 Crash, Passenger Critical
This 35-year-old Auroran was driving the crossover SUV that struck a utility pole Sunday. Here are more details.
A 35-year-old man faces aggravated DUI and reckless driving charges in connection to Sunday's serious car crash on Route 25, police said.
Victor M. Alvarez, of the 1400 block of Golden Oaks Parkway, Aurora, was driving northbound in a silver Nissan Murano crossover sport-utility vehicle that ran off the west side of the roadway and struck a utility pole, according to a North Aurora police statement.
Police responded at 2:11 p.m. Sunday to the crash scene, located about 100 ft. north of Ridge Road. Upon arrival, officers found the Murano with heavy passenger side damage.
"A passenger in Alvarez’s vehicle, a 39-year-old male of West Chicago, was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove," the statement said. "He was in critical condition late Sunday night."
The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the following charges against Alvarez:
- Aggravated DUI—great bodily harm
- Aggravated Reckless Driving—cause great bodily harm, disability or disfigurement
Alvarez appeared at a bond hearing at the Aurora Branch Court Monday morning. His bail was set at $100,000, 10 percent of which he would need to post to be released. He was transported to the Kane County jail between 9 and 10 a.m. Monday, where he is currently being held.
The two charges against Alvarez are both Class 4 felonies. If convicted of any Class 4 felony, Alvarez could be sentenced to up to three years in prison, according to sentencing guidelines in the current state statute.
Route 25 was closed from Ridge Road to Banbury Road while crash investigators processed the scene. North Aurora police were assisted by the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team. Route 25 was reopened to traffic at about 7 p.m. Sunday, the statement said.
The crash remains under investigation.
Please note that criminal charges are merely accusations. All persons arrested are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.