Man charged after deadly construction zone crash - FOX 32 News Chicago

Man charged after deadly construction zone crash

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Chicago man was ordered held without bond after a van crashed in a construction zone Saturday evening, killing a worker and injuring several others.

Erick A. Lopez, of the 3700 block of 83rd Place, was charged with three felony counts of reckless homicide in a construction zone, aggravated DUI resulting in death and aggravated DUI resulting in bodily harm.

Lopez is accused of speeding through the construction zone at 4911 S. Western Ave., failing to stay in his lane and smashing into several orange construction barriers.

The construction zone was marked and workers were wearing reflective safety vests, according to the arrest report.

Lopez then struck three workers — killing one — and crashed into an asphalt paver, prosecutors said.

Jose Tafoya, 58, a construction worker from Merrillville, Ind., was killed in the crash.

The other two workers injured were taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital, where they were stable, according to police records.

Lopez’s passenger, a 20-year-old Chicago woman, was hospitalized with broken teeth and injuries to her arm. She was released shortly after.

Police arrested Lopez at the crash site, where he refused to submit to DUI tests, prosecutors said.

He was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital for treatment and underwent court-ordered blood testing. Lopez had a blood serum level of .231 mg/dL, according to police.

He did not have a driver’s license or proof of insurance, prosecutors said. Police impounded his Chrysler minivan, a tan 2000 model.

Lopez remained hospitalized Sunday and was not in court for his bond hearing before Cook County Judge James Brown.

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