Jose Socorro Arroyo-Zavala, 42, of Waukegan, and Laura Orozco Corona, 41, of Mexico, were killed after a crash involving a drunk driver in Waukegan on Sunday, the Lake County Coroner said.
The suspect, Letisia C. Delgadillo, 39, of Waukegan, had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit. She is facing numerous charges after police say she was speeding and ran a red light, crashing into three cars and killing Arroyo-Zavala and Corona.
The four-vehicle crash happened around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday at Grand Avenue and Baldwin Avenue in Waukegan.
Waukegan Chief of Police Wayne Walles said that Delgadillo was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer westbound on Grand Avenue at Baldwin Avenue when she 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.
Delgadillo was transported to an area hospital where she was treated and released into the custody of the Waukegan Police Department.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office said that Arroyo-Zavala and Corona were in the Honda Accord. They were pronounced dead at the hospital. Both of them were not married, as previously reported in error by the Waukegan Police Department, Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said on Wednesday.
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.
“We urge everyone to refrain from driving when they’ve been drinking. In this day and age, we have so many ways to get home safely. Please phone a friend, call a taxi, or use a ride share service. There is never a reason to drink and drive,” Dr. Howard Cooper said.