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Crime & Courts

Prosecutors file DUI charges against Genoa man in August fatal crash

Jonathon D. Wood, 34, of Genoa
Jonathon D. Wood, 34, of Genoa

DeKALB – Police on Wednesday said that a 34-year-old Genoa man was high on marijuana when his vehicle struck and killed a DeKalb man riding a bicycle in an August crash.

DeKalb County prosecutors have filed charges of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs resulting in death, reckless homicide, DUI-drugs and DUI-marijuana against Jonathon D. Wood, of the 13700 block of Derby Line Road by the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office, court records show.

Police said Wood was driving east in the 800 block of East Fairview Drive in his 2015 Jeep Cherokee about 4:30 a.m. Aug. 23. Carlos Melendez, 49, of DeKalb, was riding his bicycle in the same direction when Wood crossed the fog line and the Jeep hit Melendez. Court records show Wood then flagged down an Illinois State Police trooper to alert him of the crash, but that Melendez died after being taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital.

Wood passed field sobriety tests and provided blood and urine samples – standard protocol when a crash involves a serious injury or death, said DeKalb police Cmdr. Steve Lekkas.

The results from the state crime lab came back positive for marijuana Oct. 4, and a $25,000 bond warrant was issued for Wood’s arrest.

“We were surprised the test results came back so fast,” Lekkas said. “Usually it doesn’t happen that fast.”

He said Wood was arrested at his home Tuesday and posted $2,500 bail at the DeKalb police station.

If convicted of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs resulting in death, Wood could face three to seven years in prison.

He’s due in DeKalb County court Nov. 7.

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