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Woman charged in DUI crash that killed two people in Waukegan

Letisia C. Delgadillo, 39, of Waukegan.

A 39-year-old woman, who had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit, is facing numerous charges after allegedly speeding and running a red light, crashing into three cars and killing a married couple in Waukegan Sunday evening, police said.

The Waukegan Police Department and Waukegan Fire Department were called around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday to a four-vehicle crash at Grand Avenue and Baldwin Avenue.

Waukegan Chief of Police Wayne Walles said that a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling westbound on Grand Avenue at Baldwin Avenue when it ran the red light and struck a 2000 Honda Accord that was driving southbound on Baldwin Avenue.

Police said that the Honda Accord was then pushed into a 2018 Ford Explorer. The Chevrolet Trailblazer also struck a fourth vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe. The third and fourth vehicles involved in the crash were stopped at the red light on eastbound Grand Avenue at Baldwin Avenue.

The Chevrolet Trailblazer was occupied by only the driver, Letisia C. Delgadillo, 39, of Waukegan. She was transported to an area hospital where she was treated and released into the custody of the Waukegan Police Department.

The driver of the Honda Accord, a 42-year-old Waukegan man, and the passenger, a 41-year-old Waukegan woman, who were married, both died from their injuries. Their identities have not yet been released by the Lake County Coroner’s Office.

The occupants of the 2018 Ford Explorer, a man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s, were not injured. The occupants of the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, a man and woman in their 30s and two girls, a 1-year-old and 13-year-old, were not injured.

Walles said that Delgadillo has been charged with driving under the influence, illegal transportation of alcohol, aggravated driving under the influence causing death and failure to yield to a traffic control signal.

Authorities said her blood alcohol content level was twice the legal limit. She currently remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $1 million bond.


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