Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Bond Set at $500,000 for Girl Accused of Aggravated DUI in Deadly Crash
DuPage County State’s Lawyer Robert B. Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Michael Ruth introduced at the moment that bond has been set for a Cicero lady accused of crashing her automobile in a building zone in a residential space inflicting the demise of her fiancée, thirty-three-year-old Andrew Lewis. Alibet Mendoza, 33 (d.o.b. 7/7/1988) of the 1500 block of S. Austin, Cicero, appeared in Bond Courtroom this morning the place Choose Margaret O’Connell set bond at $500,000 with 10% to use. Mendoza is charged with 4 counts of Aggravated DUI – Accident Inflicting Loss of life (Class 2 Felony), one rely of Possession of a Managed Substance (Class 4 Felony) and a number of other Misdemeanor visitors offenses.
On August 21, 2021, at roughly 1:53 a.m., Elmhurst law enforcement officials have been dispatched to a single car crash within the space of Van Auken and North Finish. Upon arrival officers noticed a broken 2016 Chevrolet Traverse that had struck a tree. The entrance seat passenger, later recognized as Lewis, was discovered within the car unconscious and transported to an area hospital the place he was pronounced deceased because of accidents he sustained within the crash. It’s alleged that Mendoza was driving the car when she crashed right into a gravel pit, struck a dumpster after which rolled down the gravel pit in the end putting the tree the place the car was discovered. It’s additional alleged that Mendoza’s BAC on the time of the crash was .176 and that Mendoza had unlawful narcotics in her system together with benzodiazepines, cocaine, hashish and opiates.
“Like all alleged DUI circumstances, the case towards Ms. Mendoza was 100% avoidable,” Berlin stated. “As I’ve stated many instances earlier than, in case you have been ingesting or for some other purpose aren’t in a position to safely function a motorized vehicle, don’t drive. It’s a quite simple concept and that’s what makes circumstances akin to this so irritating. The tragic demise of Andrew Lewis and so many different DUI victims didn’t need to occur. With quite a lot of ride-sharing providers out there, folks have to think about the potential penalties of getting behind the wheel and never assume they’re alright to drive. I wish to thank the Elmhurst Police Division for his or her efforts on this case. I might additionally prefer to thank Assistant State’s Lawyer Nicole Wilkes-English for her work in securing a robust prosecution towards this defendant.”
Mendoza’s subsequent courtroom look is scheduled for September 20, 2021, for arraignment in entrance of Choose O’Connell.
Members of the general public are reminded that these complaints comprise solely fees and aren’t proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed harmless and is entitled to a good trial by which it’s the authorities’s burden to show his or her guilt past an inexpensive doubt.