A Cook County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and charged with aggravated DUI for a fatal accident that took place on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Jamie O’Malley was off-duty when he hit pedestrian Marcil Marias-Quevedo in his pickup truck. Quevedo later died of his injuries.
On Sunday, O’Malley was driving his 2011 Dodge 1500 pickup south on Mannheim Road when he struck 41-year-old Marias-Quevedo in Franklin Park, according to authorities. Franklin Park police arrested O’Malley, charging him with aggravated DUI.
Marias-Quevedo was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where he was pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m. An autopsy was conducted on Tuesday.
In Illinois, any DUI resulting in serious bodily injury or death is classified as an aggravated DUI. Such DUIs result in felony charges and often carry prison terms, loss of driving privileges for up to two years, and a maximum of $25,000 in fines.
Under Illinois’ DUI statute, aggravated DUI resulting in bodily harm is a Class 4 felony, and can carry a prison term of up to 12 years. If the accident resulted in the death of one person, as is the case here, it’s a Class 2 felony. If convicted, O’Malley could face anywhere from 1 to 12 years in prison.
According to Cook County records, O’Malley has been a sheriff’s deputy since 2003. The sheriff’s department hasn’t yet stated whether disciplinary actions will be taken against O’Malley in addition to the criminal charges. However, it’s likely that O’Malley will be fired if convicted.
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