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Bond set at $ 500,000 for Brendan Wydajewski, accused of an impaired driving accident which killed 3 people;  Prosecutors say he was driving drunk at 122 mph


WHEATON, Illinois (CBS) – Bond was set at $ 500,000 on Monday for a Naperville man charged with driving while intoxicated and causing an accident that killed three people in October.

DuPage County Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh set bail Monday for 22-year-old Brendan Wydajewski. alcohol opened by a driver.

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Prosecutors from the DuPage County State Attorney’s Office said Wydajewski was driving west on Warrenville Road in Lisle at a speed of 122 mph when he collided with another vehicle. Her blood alcohol level was 0.147, well above the legal limit, when it was taken in hospital afterwards, prosecutors said.

At 1:18 a.m. on Saturday, October 30, police officers from Lisle were dispatched to the intersection of Warrenville Road and Navistar Drive in a traffic accident involving two vehicles. Officers arrived and found a badly damaged vehicle with the dead Aurora Andrew Purtill, 46, inside.

The second vehicle was reportedly driven by Wydajewski and had two passengers, and was found about 200 meters away and was on fire.

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The passenger in that vehicle – Geovanny Alvarez, 22, of Naperville – was found dead, and the passenger in the back seat – Graciela Leanos, 21, of Shorewood – was seriously injured. Leanos was transported from the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where she was later pronounced deceased.

Wydajewski was found on the ground near the driver’s side of his vehicle, also seriously injured. He was hospitalized for about a month, until his release on Sunday, DuPage County prosecutors said.

“Like all suspected DUI cases, the case against Mr. Wydajewski was 100% preventable,” DuPage County District Attorney Robert Berlin said in a press release. “As I have said countless times in the past, if you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. This is particularly relevant now, as we begin the holiday season. It’s a very simple idea, but unfortunately in far too many cases people feel able to drive when they are not, and tragedy ensues as it is claimed in this case. Don’t allow yourself to become a statistic. Do yourself a favor and call a cab or use a rideshare service if you’ve been drinking.

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Wydajewski is due to return to court on January 11, before Judge O’Hallaren Walsh.

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