A 21-year-old Willowbrook resident pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run charges on Oct. 31 in a DuPage County courtroom. Before doing so, he stood accused of having fled the scene of a fatal collision on May 17, 2017, along state route 83. A 26-year-old Westmont resident died in that crash.
On that fateful day, witnesses reported seeing the defendant pull out from a side road into the path of the decedent's oncoming sports utility vehicle (SUV). The two cars collided with one another and the decedent lost control of the car before crashing into a nearby tree. The decedent was ejected from his SUV during all of this.
The impact of the crash was apparently so forceful that it also caused the defendant's license plate and bumper to fall off of his 1999 Buick. This aided authorities in tracking him down.
During their investigation, they found out that the defendant had sent a text to a friend letting him know that "El Chapo" was "injured". He also sent photos of his vehicle. Detectives later determined that the defendant regularly referred to his car as "El Chapo," which is Spanish for "shorty".
In the months following the man's arrest, detectives received the man's toxicology results. They showed that he had consumed both codeine and morphine before the crash occurred. Soon thereafter, his charges were upgraded. Prosecutors agreed to drop the more serious charges in exchange for him agreeing to accept the plea deal.
Prosecutors also agreed to give the defendant credit for the 18 months that he was already incarcerated. He currently remains locked up in the DuPage County Jail.
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