Indictment announced in Mount Prospect crash that killed landscaper

  • Munkhbat Munkh Erdene

    Munkhbat Munkh Erdene

 
 
Updated 11/21/2019 2:11 PM

Prosecutors announced an indictment against an off-duty ride-share driver from Rolling Meadows who they say struck and killed a landscaper working along Golf Road in Mount Prospect.

Munkhbat Munkh Erdene, 30, is charged with aggravated DUI and reckless homicide in the death of Roberto Orozco, 67, a landscaping company owner from Hanover Park, who was working as a contractor for the Illinois Department of Transportation when prosecutors say Erdene struck him with his car last month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

At the time, Orozco was looking down, placing safety cones in front of a large, flashing arrow sign near Robert Drive, prosecutors said.

He and his 26-year-old co-worker were wearing neon yellow vests at the time of the crash, which was recorded by Erdene's dashboard-mounted camera.

Erdene told police his cellphone fell onto the floor of the vehicle. He said he was attempting to retrieve it and return it to a holder when the crash occurred, according to authorities.

A breath sample Erdene provided indicated his breath alcohol content was .074 percent, which is below the legal threshold of .08.

According to authorities, Erdene's car also struck the trailer containing the flashing sign, which struck the co-worker in the head. The co-worker was treated at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights and released.

Erdene next appears in court on Dec. 12.

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