North Chicago man sentenced to 22 months in prison for leaving scene of fatal crash in 2017

 
 
Updated 4/10/2019 7:18 PM
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  • Tony Salcedo of North Chicago.

    Tony Salcedo of North Chicago.

A North Chicago man was sentenced to 22 months in prison for leaving the scene of a 2017 crash that resulted in the death of a 28-year-old Waukegan man.

Tony Salcedo, 27, was also sentenced to an additional three years of periodic imprisonment and three years of parole for leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in the death of Jose J. Diaz, 28, of Waukegan, Assistant Lake County State's Attorney Michael Ori said.

The prison sentence handed down by Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes came after Salcedo pleaded guilty in January to one charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and a second charge of obstructing justice.

Attorneys agreed to cap the maximum prison sentence at 10 years for leaving the accident scene and three years on the obstruction charge in exchange for the guilty plea. A reckless homicide charge also was dropped in the plea deal.

Salcedo was behind the wheel of a pickup truck on the 0-100 block of Genesee Street in Waukegan when he intentionally struck two pedestrians at 4:30 a.m. on April 27, 2017, authorities said.

Diaz was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after the crash. A 27-year-old Waukegan man survived.

Authorities said Salcedo accelerated before striking the pedestrians, but defense attorney Dan Zeit previously said Salcedo was being threatened by gang members and drove away in self-defense.

After the crash, authorities said, Salcedo dumped the vehicle in a parking lot in Grayslake, which led to the obstruction charge.

Salcedo had been free on bond but was immediately taken into custody after Tuesday's sentencing hearing.

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