Jadyn R. Pagan, 18, of Zion, died after a single-vehicle crash near 9th Street and Lorelei Drive in Zion early in the morning on April 4, 2022, authorities said. | Provided Photo

A grand jury has charged a man with reckless homicide for allegedly speeding and causing a crash that killed an 18-year-old man and injured others in Zion.

The incident happened around 3:49 a.m. on April 4, 2022, in the area of 9th Street and Lorelei Drive in Zion.

The Zion Fire and Rescue Department and Zion Police Department responded to the location after receiving a call for a vehicle crash with injuries.

Officers discovered a single-vehicle crash with multiple injuries on 9th Street near the intersection, according to police officials.

Police officials said at the time that the vehicle left the roadway, went into a ditch and struck a utility pole.

One of the passengers, an 18-year-old man from Zion, was later pronounced dead at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

The victim was later identified by the Lake County Coroner’s Office as Jadyn R. Pagan.

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He died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries, an autopsy confirmed.

The driver was identified as Marco J. Pena, 21, of Beach Park.

Pena along with the passengers were evaluated by paramedics and some were transported to the hospital, police officials said. Their injuries were non-life-threatening.

Tyler Pagan said Jadyn Pagan was his older brother. “He was my only brother and I loved him to death.”

“He was my best friend. If I could take his place I would, but I can’t,” Tyler Pagan said at the time of the incident.

Court records show Pena has been charged with one count of reckless homicide, a Class 3 felony.

A Lake County grand jury returned the single-count indictment charging Pena on January 31, almost two years after the fatal crash.

The indictment said Pena acted in a reckless manner when he drove above the posted speed limit and failed to reduce his speed prior to driving off the roadway and striking the utility pole, resulting in Pagan’s death.

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Pena appeared for an initial court hearing on Tuesday where he was arraigned on the charge before Lake County Judge Patricia Fix.

Fix allowed Pena to be placed on pre-trial release because the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office did not file a petition to detain him.

The judge ordered Pena to be placed on the highest level of pre-trial services monitoring, not leave the state without permission from the court except for work and refrain from possessing dangerous weapons.

She also ordered Pena to not consume alcohol or illegal substances. Fix additionally said that pre-trial services may place Pena on a curfew at their discretion.

He is scheduled to appear in court again on April 22 for a case management hearing. A jury trial has been tentatively scheduled for May 13.