A Palatine man was ordered held in jail on a $2 million bond after violating his bond conditions in a case from last year where he fled from police in Mundelein and crashed into another vehicle, killing an innocent man.
Armando Altamirano, 31, of the 1700 block of Canterbury Trail in Palatine, was charged with five counts of aggravated driving under the influence causing an accident involving death, two counts of aggravated driving under the influence on a suspended or revoked license, and one count of driving under the influence on a suspended or revoked license second offense.
An arrest warrant was issued for Altamirano on February 19, 2020, on the charges and he voluntarily surrendered to the Lake Zurich Police Department the following day, court records show.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred in Mundelein around 10:10 a.m. January 1, 2020.
A Lincoln MXZ sedan, driven by Richard R. Skloot, 56, of Buffalo Grove, was facing northbound on Route 45 north of Route 60.
The Lincoln was attempting to turn left into the Burger King.
As the Lincoln was attempting to turn into the parking lot of the business, it was t-boned by a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, driven by Altamirano.
The Chevrolet was traveling at a high rate of speed and driving recklessly southbound on Route 45, police said at the time of the incident.
The Chevrolet reportedly fled from police just prior to the crash, a witness and a source told Lake and McHenry County Scanner. Officers were not actively pursuing the vehicle when it crashed.
Skloot was heavily trapped in the car and pronounced dead at the scene, then-Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said. Skloot died of multiple blunt force trauma injuries, Cooper added.
Altamirano was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville following the crash.
Altamirano was ordered held in the Lake County Jail on a $750,000 bond. He was released after he posted $75,000 cash.
On July 21, an arrest warrant was issued for the man after he failed to appear in court for a hearing.
Altamirano, who has pleaded not guilty to his charges, was arrested on the warrant on August 4 and remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $2 million bond.
A case management conference is scheduled for Wednesday.