Wood Dale Man Faces Aggravated DUI Charges After Fatal Crash

On Saturday, a court approved a motion to refuse pre-trial release for a Wood Dale man who is accused of causing a fatal crash due to drunk driving, which resulted in the death of his stepdaughter, Jaylene Escamilla. 45-year-old Juan Moxthe was in the First Appearance Court facing charges of aggravated DUI causing death.

The incident occurred on December 17, around 2:15 a.m., when the Chicago police responded to a collision involving a single vehicle at 12107 Irving Park Road, close to O’Hare Airport. Upon reaching the site, the police found that emergency response teams were already present. Escamilla was declared dead on the spot, while Moxthe was rushed to a nearby hospital, as per a press release from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The investigation suggested that Moxthe, accompanied by his wife, Escamilla, and her husband, was driving on Irving Park Road when he lost control of the car, hit a guard rail and flipped over. Approximately two hours post-crash, his Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was reportedly 0.12. On December 22, after he was discharged from the hospital, Moxthe was moved to the DuPage County Jail, according to the press release.

In the same press release, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin mentioned that, as with all alleged DUI cases, Moxthe’s case was entirely preventable. Berlin emphasized the importance of not drinking and driving, urging individuals to call a friend or use ride sharing services if they have been drinking. He also extended his heartfelt condolences to Jaylene’s loved ones.

Moxthe is scheduled to appear in court again on January 8 for his arraignment.

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