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Man Charged In Crash That Killed Construction Worker

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(CBS/STMW) – A 19-year-old man has been charged in the fatal crash of a construction worker from Northwest Indiana and injured three other people on Saturday.

Police say Erick Lopez of Chicago crashed his vehicle into a construction site and is now charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI.

At 4:18 a.m., the vehicle drove through the construction site in the 4900 block of South Western Avenue and fatally struck the 58-year-old construction worker, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Jose Tafoya, of the 1000 block of West 57th Avenue in Merrillville, Ind., was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:45 a.m., the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

Three other people who were inside the vehicle were also injured, police said. Two were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and another was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.The 19-year-old man driving the vehicle is among those hospitalized, and charges were pending against him Sunday morning, police said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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