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updated: 7/3/2012 9:31 PM

Round Lake Beach man pleads guilty to aggravated DUI in fatal crash

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  • Vincente Torres-Vasquez

    Vincente Torres-Vasquez


A Round Lake Beach man pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a DUI crash that killed a Lake Geneva motorcyclist and injured two women in Wauconda last year.

Vincente Torres-Vasquez, 49, of the 1300 block of Belvidere Road, will be sentenced to prison on Aug. 14 after pleading guilty to single counts of aggravated driving under the influence and aggravated DUI that resulted in death and two counts of aggravated DUI that resulted in great bodily harm, Assistant States Attorney Pat Fix said. Torres-Vasquez could be sentenced up to 26 years behind bars, Fix said.

He was initially charged with reckless homicide and multiple counts of aggravated DUI in the July 24 crash at Route 176 in Wauconda.

Police said Torres-Vasquez drove his Ford Explorer out of a parking lot and into the path of the eastbound motorcycle, killing Gregory Homola, 55.

The truck then careened into a car in the westbound lanes, injuring two women, one of whom was pregnant.

The pregnant woman and the child recovered from the accident, Fix said, but the second woman still suffers from leg paralysis, speech issues, and remains in therapy.

Tests after the crash showed Torres-Vasquez had a blood-alcohol level of 0.28 percent, more than three times the legal limit.

Torres Vasquez remains in Lake County jail while waiting for sentencing.

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