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Coroner IDs man killed after car intentionally plows into family in Waukegan

Lake County Sports Center in Waukegan | Photo: Google Street View.

The coroner has identified the Waukegan man killed after a car plowed into him and his family members during a brawl outside a sports complex Friday evening in Waukegan.

Jose Ochoa-Martinez, 40, of Waukegan, died from blunt force injuries caused by a vehicle, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper.

Prisiliano Carranza, 22, of Waukegan, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in connection with Ochoa-Martinez’s death, police said.

The Waukegan Police Department and Waukegan Fire Department responded around 11:40 p.m. Friday to the Lake County Sports Center, 351 Oakwood Avenue, for a group of people struck by a car.

Police said that a black 2010 GMC SUV, driven by Carranza, struck a group of people after an altercation escalated in the parking lot as a soccer match was ending. Carranza fled the scene before police arrived.

Prisiliano Carranza, 22, of Waukegan, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder.

Several ambulances were called and paramedics transported four victims to local hospitals. Two boys in their late teens and a man in his 20s were treated for ‘moderate’ injuries, according to the Waukegan Police Department.

Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said that Ochoa-Martinez was pronounced dead at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

A 10-year-old girl was among the group of people struck but was uninjured, police added. A police officer spotted the suspect vehicle with front-end damage nearby and conducted a traffic stop.

Three people inside the vehicle were interviewed at the Waukegan Police Department and detectives learned that Carranza was driving the vehicle when the group of people were struck.

Police said that Ochoa-Martinez, the two boys in their late teens and the 10-year-old girl are related.

Carranza remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $5 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on October 29.

The incident remains under investigation by the Waukegan Police Department and Lake County Coroner’s Office.


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