Waukegan man charged in crash that killed girl and injured 2 people


CHICAGO (CBS) – A Waukegan man has been charged in a fatal car crash on Sunday that left one dead and two injured.

The alleged driver of the vehicle, Jhonatan Castaneda-Lopez, 31, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and not having a valid driver’s license, according to a news release from Waukegan police.

Waukegan Police responded to the area of ​​Crescent Avenue and Garrick Avenue around 9:30 p.m. Sunday for a reported car accident. Officers discovered the accident involved three pedestrians. The Waukegan Police Department’s Major Collision Unit (MCU) was called to respond due to the severity of the accident.

MCU investigators believe a white 2011 Dodge Challenger was traveling eastbound on Crescent Avenue, approaching Garrick Avenue and struck three pedestrians who were riding bicycles on the south side of Crescent.

The Dodge fled the scene after the crash, police said.

Police added that the three pedestrians were family members and identified as a man in his 40s and a boy and a girl, both 14 years old. All three are residents of Waukegan.

The man and boy were transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries. Both were treated and released.

The girl was also taken to an area hospital where she died of her injuries. The Lake County Coroner’s Office was scheduled to perform an autopsy on Monday.

While investigating the crash, police located the Dodge parked in the 2400 block of Dakota Road. Police took the car as evidence and the alleged driver, Castaneda-Lopez, was arrested.

He was taken to bail court and taken into the custody of Lake County Jail on $1 million bond.

Castaneda-Lopez is due in court on August 8.


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