A grand jury has charged a man with reckless homicide after he allegedly drove through a red light and caused a three-vehicle crash that killed a 64-year-old woman in Waukegan.
Francisco J. Martinez, 50, of Waukegan, was charged with two counts of reckless homicide, a Class 3 felony.
A Lake County grand jury returned the two-count indictment on Wednesday, court records show.
The Waukegan Police Department and Waukegan Fire Department responded around 8:38 a.m. on February 28, 2021, to the intersection of Lewis Avenue and York House Road for a vehicle crash with injuries.
Officers arrived and found multiple vehicles involved in the crash. Three ambulances were called to the scene.
Paramedics transported a 64-year-old woman to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where she was pronounced dead two hours later.
An autopsy was performed on the victim, identified as Maria Gloria, of Kenosha, by the Lake County Coroner’s Office.
Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said at the time that Gloria died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries from the crash.
Northbound Lewis Avenue at York House Road and southbound Lewis Avenue just north of York House Road were closed for around eight hours on Sunday.
The grand jury indictment said Martinez was acting in a reckless manner and caused the crash.
He drove above the posted speed limit and disregarded a red traffic light, the indictment said.
Martinez then drove into the oncoming lane and struck another vehicle, in which Gloria was a passenger.
An arrest warrant was issued for Martinez this week after the indictment was returned.