Ride with a drunk driver; buy a ticket to your own funeral…
Bail Set at $500,000 For Bolingbrook Man Accused of Fatal DUI
05/21/2014 —DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Mark Field, Chief of the Wheaton Police Department announced today that a Bolingbrook man has been charged in a fatal crash in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 17, that claimed the life of one of the passengers in his vehicle. A second passenger was severely injured in the crash as well. Luis Jimenez, 22 (d.o.b. 11/29/1991) of 508 Racine Lane appeared in Bond Court this morning in front of Judge Elizabeth Sexton who set bail at $500,000 with 10% to apply.
It is alleged that at approximately 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning, Jimenez left a friend’s house in Wheaton to go for a joy ride. It is further alleged that Jimenez was driving the vehicle at a high rate of speed eastbound at the northbound curve on Sheffield Street in Wheaton when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree.
The front passenger died on the scene as a result of the impact and the rear seat passenger was severely injured. Authorities from the Wheaton Police Department arrived at the scene shortly after the crash. Jimenez and the surviving passenger were transported to a local hospital and treated for their injuries.
Jimenez was released from the hospital yesterday afternoon and immediately taken into custody. He has been charged with one count of Aggravated DUI Involving Death, a Class 2 Felony punishable by up to 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. An initial investigation into the crash revealed that Jimenez allegedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.09.
“It is alleged that following an evening of drinking, Luis Jimenez made the fatal decision to go for a joy ride with two of his friends,” Berlin said. “That decision however, proved to be fatal and once again we see the tragic consequences of an alleged drunk driver. People have to learn that if you have been drinking, do not get behind the wheel of a car. Fatal alcohol-related crashes, such as is alleged in this case, are 100% avoidable. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim in this case who are now grieving their loss. I would like to thank the Wheaton Police Department for their quick response to this crash. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Fred Flather for his efforts on this case.”
Jimenez’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 2, 2014, in front of Judge Robert Kleeman.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.