Cops: Car going more than 88 mph in crash that critically hurt Elgin pizza delivery driver
By Mike Danahey email@example.com August 19, 2013 3:14PM
Dani Manea of Elgin, who was severely injured in a vehicle crash July 21 in Elgin. | Submitted
Updated: September 21, 2013 6:18AM
ELGIN — A 22-year-old man was arrested over the weekend in connection with violent accident on Summit Street the night of July 21 that critically injured a pizza delivery driver.
Noe Aguilera of Elgin was charged with Class 4 felony aggravated reckless driving charges, and bail was set at $900,000 Sunday, according to reports.
According to reports, the preliminary investigation indicated that a 2007 Kia driven by Dani Manea, 55, was turning east onto Summit from Shady Oaks Drive about 8 p.m. when her car was struck by a 2006 Dodge Charger driven by Aguilera that was heading west on Summit.
After the initial crash, reports stated, the Charger was hit by a 2004 Infinity G35 driven by 28-year-old Ramon Moreno-Murillo of Elgin, who also was going west on Summit. The Charger then crossed over into the oncoming lanes of Summit and collided with an eastbound 2001 Infinity QX4 driven by 19-year-old Jennifer Ramirez of Elgin. The impact led to the Charger crossing back over into the westbound lanes of Summit and again colliding with Moreno-Murillo’s Infinity.
All of the other drivers besides Manea and passengers were either treated and released at the scene or transported to local hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Summit Street was shut down between Shady Oaks and Waverly Drive for more than seven hours while police investigated.
According to reports, that investigation determined that Aguilera was driving between 92 mph and 104 mph when he began braking and that he hit Manea’s car while traveling between 88 mph and 99 mph — in a zone where the posted speed limit is 40 mph.
Reports noted that Aguilera met with police Aug. 16 at Elgin police headquarters and was detained for further questioning. On Aug. 17, Elgin investigators met with Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Whang, who had interviewed drivers, passengers and witnesses. Aguilera refused to talk with Whang, the report stated.
Whang authorized the aggravated reckless driving charges, and Aguilera was sent to Rolling Meadows branch court where bail was set, according to reports.
Manea remains in St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. Friend and co-worker Cindy Bauer — who was working as a member of the wait staff and taking phone orders at the Chicago Pizza Authority with Manea the night of the crash — said that after a tough go of it, Manea now is making slow, steady progress.
According to Bauer, surgeons operated on Manea for about eight hours that night and that her friend remains in the intensive care unit. “She had a number of broken bones and fractures and a lot of internal injuries. They had to remove her spleen, repair her pancreas and work behind her heart,” Bauer said.
Bauer noted that the engine block from Manea’s car landed about 30 feet from the vehicle after the crash.