The driver of a vehicle that caused a fatal accident on Route 38 near Maple Park has been charged with multiple crimes related to driving under the influence of drugs, including reckless homicide.
A 4-year-old child was killed in the three-vehicle crash.
According to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, the driver, 20-year-old Edgar Barrios of DeKalb, has been charged with the following:
- 1 count – Aggravated DUI Death (Under the Influence of any Drug) Class 2
- 1 count – Aggravated DUI Death (THC in Blood) Class 2
- 1 count – Reckless Homicide Class 3
- 1 count – Aggravated DUI Great Bodily Harm (Under the Influence of any drug) Class 4
- 1 count – Aggravated DUI Great Bodily Harm (THC in Blood) Class 4
- 1 count – Obstructing Identification Class A Misdemeanor
- 1 count – Driving While License Suspended Class A Misdemeanor
- Citations issued for Speeding and Improper Lane Usage
“We take a zero tolerance approach to our proactive traffic enforcement to avoid tragedies such as this,” Sheriff Ron Hain said in a statement, “but when irresponsible people get behind the wheel when they should not, we will aggressively investigate the incident to swiftly bring justice to the offender and some closure for the family. I commend the deputies who responded to the crash and our detectives who conducted the following investigation for their intensive work.”
The crash occurred around 6:40pm on Saturday, October 1, when a 2016 Chrysler 200 driven by Barrios, traveling eastbound on Route 38 near Francis Road, crossed the center line into westbound traffic, striking a 2018 Jeep Compass driven by 30-year-old Antwoineia Blanton, also of DeKalb, that was traveling westbound.
After striking the Compass, the Chrysler then struck a 2010 Subaru Forester driven by 30-year-old Katie Petravickwhich of Washington, IL, who was also traveling westbound on Route 38.
Blanton was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. There was a 4-year-old passenger in the Jeep as well who was originally transported to Delnor Hospital and then flown to Laurie’s Children’s hospital with life threatening injuries.
The child was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. The child was seated in the backseat properly secured in a child safety seat.
Barrios was transported to Delnor Hospital and then transferred to Loyola Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Petravickwhich was treated and released at the scene.