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updated: 10/26/2010 5:32 PM

$50,000 bail for driver in North Aurora fatal crash

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  • Lee Roy Patterson

    Lee Roy Patterson


A Kane County judge set bail at $50,000 Tuesday for an Aurora man accused of fleeing after his vehicle struck two pedestrians early Monday in North Aurora, killing one and injuring the other.

Lee Roy Patterson, 30, of the 1000 block of Assell Avenue, is charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death and one count of failure to reduce speed, police said.

Patterson appeared Tuesday in Aurora Branch Court, where Associate Judge Leonard Wojtecki set bail. Patterson would have to post $5,000 cash to be released. He remained in the Kane County jail late Tuesday afternoon.

Police said Patterson surrendered about three hours after officers responded to a report of a traffic crash and found the victims in the area of 42 S. Grant Street about 2 a.m. Monday.

A preliminary investigation showed that 22-year-olds Doreen L. Cardenas of Cicero and Pedro A. Navarro of North Aurora were standing near Cardenas' parked 1997 Chevy Cavalier when Patterson's southbound vehicle sideswiped the car, striking both victims, police said.

Cardenas and Navarro were taken to Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, where Cardenas was pronounced dead. Navarro was listed in stable condition Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Patterson's next court date is Nov. 12 in front of Circuit Judge Timothy Sheldon, according to court records.