Palatine DUI suspect dies after crash

 
By Henry Redman
Daily Herald correspondent
Updated 2/11/2019 7:35 PM
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A 41-year-old Palatine man died Thursday after being critically injured in a Feb. 5 two-vehicle crash in Palatine, according to a news release issued Monday by Palatine police.

Javier Gaspar-Garcia was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima west on East Dundee Road with a blood alcohol content five times the legal limit and three family members in the car, the release said.

Gaspar-Garcia was attempting to turn left into a retail parking lot when he struck a 2018 Lexus X300 driving the opposite way, according to the release.

Gaspar-Garcia died at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. All of Gaspar-Garcia's passengers -- a 22-year-old woman, a 4-year-old girl and a 5-year-old girl -- also were the hospital but have since been released, according to the news release. The driver of the Lexus wasn't injured.

The three passengers and the 41-year-old driver of the Lexus were all wearing their seat belts, but Gaspar-Garcia wasn't, police aid.

Gaspar-Garcia had charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to yield turning left and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, the release said. Police also learned his driving privileges had been revoked because of a previous DUI conviction and he was wanted by the Cook County sheriff's police on a DUI warrant, according to the release.

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