Emergency crews respond to a serious crash involving a pedestrian on Route 120 west of Fisher Road near Wauconda on June 19, 2021. | Photo by Wauconda Fire District

A Round Lake man who struck and killed an intoxicated pedestrian who was in a roadway near Wauconda has been charged with driving under the influence.

Joe Paredes, 31, of the 24300 block of West Tyler Avenue in unincorporated Round Lake, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

The Wauconda Fire District and Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 11:45 p.m. on June 19 to Route 120 west of Fisher Road in unincorporated Wauconda for a report of a vehicle crash.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located a pedestrian, identified as Matthew C. Evers, 34, of the 1200 block of Karyn Lane in Grayslake, with life-threatening injuries, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.

An investigation showed that Evers exited a rideshare vehicle on Route 120 minutes before the crash.

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Evers, who had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, began walking along the shoulder and entered the westbound lanes of Route 120.

A westbound Chevrolet Impala, driven by Paredes, struck Evers.

Covelli said at the time that Evers was transported by ambulance to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.

Due to the severity of his injuries, Evers was then transferred by medical helicopter to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge where he later died.

Covelli said that it was suspected Paredes was driving under the influence of intoxicating substances the night of the crash.

On Wednesday, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said that the Technical Crash Investigation Unit concluded its investigation into the crash.

Toxicology results confirmed Paredes was under the influence of cannabis at the time of the crash.

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“It remains unknown why Evers abruptly exited his ride-share and entered the roadway,” Covelli said.

Paredes is scheduled to appear in court on February 23.