A Chicago man was driving while intoxicated on a suspended license when he struck a group of pedestrians waiting to cross a Northwest Side street early Saturday, killing one and seriously injuring two others, prosecutors said today in court.
Leroy Bobo’s blood-alcohol content was more than double the legal limit, Cook County prosecutors said in announcing multiple counts of aggravated DUI, failure to report a fatal accident and driving on a suspended or revoked license.
Bobo, 42, was northbound in the 3100 block of North Central Avenue in the Cragin neighborhood when his 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser struck a parked car at about 12:45 a.m. and then veered into the victims as they stood on the east side of the street waiting to cross, according to court records.
Mario Ortega, 38, of the 4700 block of West Palmer Street, suffered severe blunt force trauma to his head and was pronounced dead at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center a short time later, the records show.
A 32-year-old woman was taken in critical condition to the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood and treated for bleeding to the brain, authorities said. The third victim, a 36-year-old woman, was hospitalized at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with a fractured hip, records show.
After the crash, Bobo continued north on Central for more than a mile before slamming into a car that was waiting at a red light. Police officers on routine patrol found Bobo behind the wheel of his disabled Chrysler “continuing to press the accelerator in an attempt to leave that scene as well,” a police report states.
Police noted Bobo had bloodshot eyes, mumbled speech and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. After he was taken to Illinois Masonic, tests revealed his blood-alcohol content was 0.20 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to court records.
Bobo told police he had drunk three glasses of E&J Brandy and smoked marijuana before getting behind the wheel, according to court records.
Judge Israel Desierto set bond for Bobo at $500,000.
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