Driver In Fatal NW Suburban Crash Charged With DUI

CARY, Ill. (STMW) — The 19-year-old driver of a car that crashed into a tree in northwest suburban Cary early Saturday has been charged with driving under of the influence of alcohol.

The crash happened about 1 a.m. on Elden Drive just south of Margaret Terrace in Cary, when a Ford Taurus struck a tree, a release from police said.

A 20-year-old male passenger in the vehicle was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

He has been identified as Pedro Atala-Silva by the McHenry County Corner’s office.

The 19-year-old driver of the car suffered “severe injuries” and was flown to Condell Hospital by a Flight for Life helicopter, police said.

Cary Police Officer John Szatkowski said the driver has been charged with driving under the influence, and additional charges are pending.

The crash remains under investigation.

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  • Mike King

    I carry a bottle of whiskey under the seat of my car, so in case I ever kill a person with my car, I can be charged with DWI instead of murder 3, manslaugher, vehicular asault or homicide.

    • Roberta Waker

      @Mike. Just carrying whiskey is not a crime. It the container is open, you can be charged with illegally transporting open alcohol. You need to drink it and not pass the DUI test to be charged with a DUI/DWI. Or, you can pour it on your clothes and refuse the test, in which case it might work. Good idea, but it might not work as intended.

    • G-Lep

      Creative! I never thought of that…

  • Lupe

    RIP Pedro Ayala Silva you will be missed but never forgotten cuz! My payers for you and your family <3 you. you will always be in our hearts. we all will help take care of your baby boy.

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