Elgin man faces DUI charges in fatal crash
A 20-year-old Elgin man is wanted on charges he was intoxicated and caused a crash in May that killed a woman and injured another.
Elgin police said they had to wait for lab results before charging Joshua Hernandez with aggravated DUI and reckless homicide in the death of Stephanie A. Gordon, 24, a Larkin High School graduate and former server at the Elgin Public House.
An arrest warrant was issued Oct. 23 for Hernandez, whose last address was in the 900 block of Hillcrest Road, according to Kane County court records.
Hernandez was driving south on State Street in a 1993 Honda Civic on the city's near west side at 1:20 a.m. May 13 when he struck another car. Gordon was a front-seat passenger in Hernandez' car.
According to an Elgin police report, officers responding to the crash observed a case of beer outside Hernandez' driver's-side door and saw empty cans on the passenger side. Gordon was pronounced dead at the scene; an unconscious Hernandez was taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, but was unable to answer questions because he had to be intubated and had bleeding on his brain.
He was in critical care until June 5, then transferred to a hospital in Sycamore, the report said.
Kristen Q. Gray, 42, of Oakwood Hills, suffered a broken right leg as she drove north on State Street near Wing Street and was struck by Hernandez, records show. Gray was cited for driving while her license was revoked and having no insurance. She pleaded guilty Aug. 14 and received supervision, records show.
Hernandez was also cited for no valid driver's license, improper lane use, driving too fast for conditions and driving with expired plates. An accident reconstructionist estimated Hernandez was driving between 61 and 65 mph before he began to skid and struck Gray's vehicle at 51 mph, according to a police report.
If convicted of the most severe charge, Hernandez faces up to 14 years in prison and must serve 85 percent of his sentence.