SYCAMORE — A DeKalb man charged in a fatal crash last weekend was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash, police said at a court hearing Thursday.
Miguel I. Perez-Espino, 28, of the 800 block of Route 38 in DeKalb, is charged with three counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and four counts of reckless homicide. He also faces misdemeanor charges of no valid driver's license, no insurance, improper lane use and driving under the influence.
If convicted of the aggravated DUI charges, he faces up to 14 years in prison.
On Aug. 25, Perez-Espino's 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling east on Route 38 when it crossed the center line and collided with a semitrailer traveling west.
The crash occurred west of Willrett Road, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. The two men in the semitrailer were not hurt.
A passenger in the Grand Prix, Miguel Angel Lazaro-Torres, 30, of DeKalb, was pronounced dead at the scene. Espino and another passenger, Louis M. Calderon, 30, of DeKalb, were airlifted to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.
A warrant was issued for Perez-Espino's arrest Aug. 27, with bond set at $500,000. DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said Perez-Espino had been drinking and used drugs before the accident.
Perez-Espino appeared Thursday at the courthouse via closed-circuit TV from the DeKalb County Jail. He told Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert he didn't think he could raise money to post bail.
The public defender's office was appointed to represent Perez-Espino, who will appear in court again Oct. 1.