A man has been charged with driving under the influence when he fatally struck an 81-year-old man with his pickup truck while the victim was crossing the street in Buffalo Grove.
Shalmil Naftaliev, 33, of Hoffman Estates, was charged with one count of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 2 felony.
The Buffalo Grove Police Department and Buffalo Grove Fire Department responded around 7:48 p.m. on April 8 to Buffalo Grove Road north of Golfview Terrace.
Officers received a call for a crash involving a pedestrian struck by a vehicle, police officials said.
Officers arrived to find a male pedestrian, identified as Alex Gorn, 81, of Buffalo Grove, who was critically injured.
Gorn was transported by paramedics to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights where he was later pronounced dead, police officials said.
Naftaliev, who was the driver of the involved vehicle, a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado, remained at the scene and was uninjured.
Buffalo Grove Deputy Police Chief Brian Spolar said Gorn had parked his car in the median on Buffalo Grove Road before the crash.
Gorn got out of his car to look at a snowblower that was in front of a residence.
The Chevrolet had been traveling southbound on Buffalo Grove Road when it struck Gorn, who was in the roadway, Spolar said.
A portion of Buffalo Grove Road between Golfview Terrace and Bernard Drive was shut down for approximately four hours due to the incident.
Members of the Buffalo Grove Police Department’s Traffic Unit and Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) this month completed their six-month investigation into the crash.
Investigators determined Naftaliev was over the legal driving limit of cannabis at the time of the crash, police officials said Friday.
Naftaliev turned himself in at the Buffalo Grove Police Department on October 4.
He was transported for a first appearance court hearing in Cook County the following day where a judge released him from custody.
Naftaliev is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court in Rolling Meadows again on November 3.