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McHenry man sentenced to 6 years in prison for DUI crash that killed passenger

Eduardo J. Figueroa-Martinez, 22, of McHenry.

A 22-year-old McHenry man, who was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol, has been sentenced to six years in prison after a crash that left a Wonder Lake man dead in 2017.

Eduardo J. Figueroa-Martinez, 22, of McHenry, was initially charged with four counts of aggravated driving under the influence following a vehicle crash on December 26, 2017 that killed his passenger, Jose Ortiz-Reyes, 22, of Wonder Lake.

Figueroa-Martinez pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving under the influence in exchange for the other charges being dismissed, court records show.

The single-vehicle crash occurred in the 6900 block of Route 120 between Wonder Lake and Ringwood Roads in McHenry. A 2013 Ford Fusion, driven by Figueroa-Martinez, sustained heavy damage after crashing into a telephone pole.

Emergency crews respond to a fatal vehicle crash on Route 120 between Wonder Lake Road and Ringwood Road on December 26, 2017. | Photo: Alex Vucha.

Ortiz-Reyes, who was a passenger, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead a short time later at Centegra Hospital McHenry. Figueroa-Martinez suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Figueroa-Martinez admitted to drinking several beers and ingesting cocaine prior to the crash, prosecutors said.

He is required to serve at least 85 percent of his six-year sentence and will receive credit for almost 21 months in the McHenry County Jail while the case was pending. The prison sentence will be followed by a two-year period of supervised release, prosecutors said.

The case was investigated by McHenry Police Department Officer Marc Fisher and the Northeast McHenry County Major Crash Assistance Team. It was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein.


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