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updated: 7/1/2011 3:39 PM

Carol Stream man charged in Streamwood crash

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A 27-year-old Carol Stream man has been charged with the felony of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol for being the root cause of a crash at the intersection of Schaumburg and Sutton roads in Streamwood, officials said Friday.

Nicholas Mariotti, of the 700 block of Bluff Street, was driving a 2006 Subaru Legacy with a friend when he hit a blue Honda CRV at about 1:54 a.m. on June 24.

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Mariotti, who suffered serious injuries in the accident, was charged with the felony DUI on June 30, after being released from the hospital, police officials said.

Mariotti's passenger and two people in the Honda were also injured in the crash, but none suffered serious injuries, officials said.

The driver of the Honda, Brittany Elbl, 18, of the 1-100 block of Garden Crescent Court, Elgin, was charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor and DUI zero tolerance because she is under 21, police said.

According to the police report, a car similar to the one Mariotti was driving was seen speeding at about 119 mph by the South Barrington Police Department, but the pursuit of the vehicle was called off by South Barrington when the vehicle turned southbound onto Route 59 from Higgins Road.

About two minutes later, Streamwood Police received a report that a car matching the description of the speeding vehicle in South Barrington was in a car accident at Route 59 -- better known as Sutton Road -- and Schaumburg Road.

The Subaru was on fire with the occupants still inside when police arrived. Officers extricated the driver and passenger and worked to put out the fire, with the fire department finishing the job.

Multiple witnesses quoted in the police report said the Subaru was traveling at a high rate of speed when it ran a red light at Sutton and Schaumburg and hit the Honda.

Mariotti was transported from the scene of the crash to the hospital with broken ribs and an arm that required surgery.

Blood draws at the hospital determined Mariotti was drinking before the crash, while evidence technicians determined the Subaru had been traveling at about 80 mph when the crash occurred, police reports said.

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