Couple Die in Plane Crash
Two victims from the single-engine plane crash near Clow International Airport in Bolingbrook on Wednesday night now have been identified, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
Dr. Narayan Venguswamy, 63, a licensed pilot, and his wife, Jay, were in town to attend a medical conference when the plane he was flying ran into trouble, hit a tree and a telephone pole and then crashed into three vehicles in the Chase Bank parking lot at 262 S. Weber Road.
Jay was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck. Her husband, referred to by colleagues as "Dr. Vengu" at Georgetown (Ky.) Community Hospital, stumbled out of the wreckage, his body on fire, and was assisted by stunned onlookers as well as first-responders. He was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and later transfered to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood where he died.
Bolingbrook Police Lt. Mike Rompa said Dr. Venguswamy was pronounced dead by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office at 5:45 a.m. Thursday. No one on the ground was injured in the crash, the cause of which remains under investigation by the FAA and NTSB.
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Charges Could be Dropped in Fatal DUI Because Inhalant Isn't a Legal Intoxicant
The lawyer for a Highland Park 19-year-old accused of running over and killing a 5-year-old girl has asked that the most severe charges against her be dropped. His reasoning: the chemical she was huffing at the time of the crash is not specified as an intoxicant under Illinois law.
Carly Rousso was charged with four counts of aggravated driving under the influence and two counts of reckless homicide following the death of Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, who was walking with her family when the car Rousso was driving ran onto the sidewalk and hit her. Rousso has pled not guilty.
Toxicology reports indicate that the compound difluoroethane was detected in Rousso's blood. It’s found in a commercial cleaning product uncovered in Rousso's car at the time, according to police.
Last week, her lawyer filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss the four aggravated DUI charges — two of which are the most serious of the charges against her — because difluoroethane is not listed as an intoxicant under Illinois statute.
Man Charged with Attempted Murder
Police charged an Arlington Heights man with attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly beat, and attempted to strangle and smother his ex-girlfriend, police say.
Donald E. Stellato, 39, of the 1700 block of West Northwest Highway, also is charged with aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint, according to a release from the Arlington Heights Police Department.
His bond was set at $750,000 Tuesday. He will be required to wear an ankle monitor if he posts bond, Arlington Heights police Cmdr. Mike Hernandez said.
The release says police in Barrington stopped his former girlfriend as she was driving around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. She told police that Stellato has beaten her at his Arlington Heights home.
Tobacco Store Busted for Selling Synthetic Marijuana
More than $65,000 in synthetic cannabis was seized Wednesday from King Puff-N-Stuff, 1409 Commerce Drive in Algonquin, and police recovered an additional 3,782 packages of synthetic cannabis from the tobacco store owner's home, according to the Daily Herald.
John G. Monteleone, 45, of the 100 block of Brookside Drive in Elgin, was arrested following a three-month investigation by policeended Wednesday with a search of Monteleone's business where police say they found 168 packages of synthetic cannabis, according to the article.
Four Killed in I-290 Crash; Driver Ticketed
Three of the four people killed in a one-car rollover crash Thursday morning were thrown from the Ford Explorer as it rolled down an embankment on Interstate 290 near Addison Road. They were likely not wearing seat belts,according to The Chicago Tribune.
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the death toll remained at four; all of the deceased are women. Three male passengers, all from Chicago, were taken to area hospitals, according to the Tribune. The names of the victims have not been released.
The 31-year-old female driver was treated at the hospital and released. She has been ticketed for driving without a license, according to the Tribune. Witnesses to the accident are encouraged to call (847) 931-2405.
Bicyclist Dies After Being Hit By Pickup Truck
A 56-year-old Naperville woman died from injuries she sustained after being struck by a pick-up truck Wednesday morning in Naperville, police said.
After receiving numerous 911 calls, authorities responded to the intersection of Diehl Road and Freedom Drive Wednesday to find that bicyclist Shwuwei Yeh had been hit by a 2006 gray Nissan Titan pick-up truck.
Police said a 35-year-old from Aurora was driving the Nissan eastbound on Diehl Road while Yeh was traveling in a "northerly direction" attempting to cross Diehl Road on the east side of Freedom Drive when she was struck.
Yeh was transported to Edward Hospital in "very serious condition," but later died of her injuries, according to police.
Naperville police are currently investigating the crash.
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