A Wisconsin man has been charged with driving under the influence and causing a head-on crash that killed his female passenger and seriously injured another woman in Beach Park.
Jeffrey Sprewell, 68, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol causing death and one count of reckless homicide.
The Beach Park Fire Department and Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 9:10 p.m. on October 16 to Green Bay Road and Adelaide Avenue in Beach Park for a vehicle crash with injuries.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located two vehicles with heavy damage, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
An investigation showed a Cadillac Eldorado, driven by Sprewell, was traveling southbound on Green Bay Road in the area of Adelaide Avenue.
The driver of the Cadillac veered into the northbound lanes of traffic for unknown reasons, Covelli said.
The Cadillac struck a northbound Chevrolet Aveo, driven by a 31-year-old woman from Zion.
Anita Parker, 55, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was in the passenger seat of the Cadillac.
Parker sustained major injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, Covelli said.
Sprewell was transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with critical injuries.
Covelli said the driver of the Chevrolet was transported by ambulance to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.
Green Bay Road was closed in both directions for several hours while investigators worked at the scene.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit conducted an investigation into the crash.
It was determined that Sprewell was driving under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred, Covelli said.
A Lake County grand jury reviewed the case and returned the indictment charging Sprewell on Wednesday.
A judge issued a warrant carrying a $500,000 bond for Sprewell’s arrest.
Sprewell is currently being held in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections on unrelated charges.
He will be transferred to the Lake County Jail once the Wisconsin case is concluded, Covelli said.