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New York man was drag racing prior to crash that killed 2 people on I-94 near Deerfield, police say

Josue A. Noboa, 22, of New York City, NY.

A New York man has been charged after Illinois State Police say he fled the scene of a double fatal crash on I-94 near Deerfield that was caused by drag racing.

Josue A. Noboa, 22, of New York City, NY, was charged with two counts of leaving the scene of a fatal crash and two counts of reckless homicide.

The Illinois State Police and Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Department responded around 10:26 a.m. April 21 to I-94 eastbound at milepost 22 near Half Day Road.

State police said that a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 and two semi-trucks were involved in the crash.

The driver of the Jeep, identified as Christopher A. Lopez, 30, of Bronx, NY, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 94 at a high rate of speed when he sideswiped the first semi-truck.

Lopez lost control of his Jeep and struck the second semi-truck. Lopez and his front-seat passenger, identified as Roberta S. Harris, 29, of Chicago, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

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A third person in the Jeep, who was sitting in the rear of the vehicle, was trapped and had to be extricated by firefighters.

They were then flown by a LifeNet medical helicopter to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge with life-threatening injuries.

The drivers of the two semi-trucks suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Highland Park Hospital.

Illinois State Police District 15 investigators learned that Lopez and Noboa were drag racing prior to the crash.

An arrest warrant was issued on Monday for Noboa. The Illinois State Police and Northbrook Police Department executed the warrant around 7:30 p.m. Monday and took him into custody.

Noboa remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $1 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on August 13.


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