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Motorist Charged With DUI For Wrong-Way Ike Crash That Killed Two Women

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Miguel Rico (Credit: Chicago Police)

Miguel Rico (Credit: Chicago Police)

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CHICAGO (STMW) — A Little Village man is charged with aggravated driving under the influence in a crash on the Eisenhower Expy. that left two women dead Saturday.

Miguel Rico, 20, of the 2400 block of South Christiana, was traveling in the wrong direction when the van he was driving collided with a car carrying three friends from the western suburbs — killing two and leaving a third occupant injured, authorities said.

Rico was wanted on a warrant. In 2011, he violated his probation in a drug possession case. On Sunday, a judge ordered Rico held without bond in that case, court records show.

Rico is expected to appear in court for a bond hearing on the aggravated DUI charge Monday, said Illinois State Police Sgt. Mike Dolis.

Killed were Monica Hernandez, 20, of Maywood, and Briana Resto, 19, of Northlake.

Their surviving friend, 20-year-old Brittney Mouzon, was treated at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for scratches and bruises, according to an aunt, who said, “She’s sad. They were her two best friends.”

Mouzon and Hernandez had been in school together for years, most recently at Proviso East High School in Maywood, according to Hernandez’s uncle Richard Medina.

“They went downtown for some fun,” Medina said, and the trio were headed home at the time of the crash.

It happened just before 2 a.m. Saturday. A red Dodge minivan entered the eastbound lanes of the expressway going the wrong way near Harlem and collided with the blue Ford carrying the three women, according to state police, who said Resto was driving the car carrying her friends.

The minivan’s driver and his passenger, a 20-year-old Cicero man, were treated at Loyola University Medical Center, according to the police, who shut down the eastbound lanes of the Eisenhower for several hours as they investigated and cleared the crash scene.

Hernandez loved to spend time with friends and she loved rap and hip-hop music, Medina said.

She was studying broadcast journalism at Triton College in River Grove and had recently started a job as a receptionist in Westchester, Medina said.

“It’s devastating,” he said. “Everyone is in a state of shock.”

He said it was the wrong-way driver’s bad choice that killed the bright, young woman and her friend.

“He made the choice to do this,” Medina said. “He should have known better. Common sense — you don’t drink and drive.”

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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