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Sheriff: Man intentionally crashed car, critically injuring 1-year-old

Derwin E. Guadarrama-Jimenez, 22, of Waukegan

Authorities said that a Waukegan man intentionally crashed the car he was driving in while near Lake Bluff on Saturday, seriously injuring his 1-year-old boy in the backseat.

Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that the crash happened on Saturday around 8 p.m. near Route 41 north of Route 176 in Lake Bluff.

Covelli said that a 2008 Honda, driven by a 22-year-old Waukegan woman, was traveling southbound on Route 41 north of Route 176.

Derwin E. Guadarrama-Jimenez, 22, of the 100 block of South Elmwood Avenue in Waukegan, was sitting in the front passenger seat. A 15-year-old boy and a 1-year-old boy were in the backseat of the car.

Covelli said that Guadarrama-Jimenez and the woman driving were involved in a verbal argument.

“During the argument, Guadarrama-Jimenez intentionally grabbed the steering wheel and turned it, as the vehicle was in motion. This caused the vehicle to leave the roadway and strike a tree,” Covelli said.

The driver and the 1-year-old were transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. The 1-year-old was then transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge with critical injuries.

Guadarrama-Jimenez and the 15-year-old boy were transported to Lake Forest Hospital by ambulance.

Guadarrama-Jimenez has since been released from the hospital and charged with two counts of reckless conduct, one of which is a class 4 felony and the other is a class A misdemeanor.

The driver and 15-year-old passenger have since been released from the hospital. The 1-year-old boy’s condition has improved and he remains at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in stable condition.

Guadarrama-Jimenez remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $75,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on September 18.


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