Berwyn resident Roger Lazaro, 19, was drunk and driving a 2008 Infiniti 65 mph westbound on east Burlington Street when he lost control of the car and crashed it into a tree during the early morning hours of March 26, Riverside police have reported.
While Lazaro wasn’t seriously hurt, an 18-year-old female friend in the car’s passenger seat suffered multiple injuries, including a broken femur, a gash to her forehead and injuries to her pelvis, police said. On Monday, the victim, a resident of Cicero, remained hospitalized at Loyola University Medical Center, where she underwent surgery on her broken leg.
Meanwhile, a Cook County judge on Monday morning set Lazaro’s bond at $15,000. He is charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence causing great bodily harm and six other traffic offenses. Police reported that his blood-alcohol level was .112, which is more than the legal limit of .08.
According to the police report, Lazaro was speeding westbound from Harlem Avenue at about 3:15 a.m. He had just passed Herbert Road when the car hit the north curb and then spun out of control. The passenger side of the vehicle slammed into a mature tree on the south side of the street, pinning the female passenger inside.
“At first I heard kind of a loud ‘vroom’ sound and then a loud pop,” said Paul Sterner, who lives west of the crash site and was awakened by the sound of the speeding vehicle. “I thought someone was trying to break into my house. I looked out the window and saw the car to the east of me about four or five houses.”
Sterner and other neighbors ran toward the crash site. Lazaro was already outside of the vehicle. When police arrived, they reported Lazaro talking to his friend, who was trapped inside. It took firefighters about 40 minutes to extricate the woman from the car, police said.
Both she and Lazaro were taken to Loyola for treatment of their injuries. Lazaro was treated and released into police custody.
Heroin, driving don’t mix
A 55-year-old man faces a charge of driving while under the influence of drugs while his 51-year-old brother is charged with possession of a controlled substance after their car rear-ended a stopped vehicle in the 2900 block of Harlem Avenue, Riverside, on March 23 just after 4 p.m.
Riverside police stated that Stephen Dunn, of Berwyn, drove his 1993 Honda Civic into the back of a Chevy Equinox after snorting heroin earlier that day. When police arrived on the scene, Dunn was standing in traffic outside his vehicle complaining of chest pains.
His brother, Mark Dunn, was still inside the car, dazed after ramming his head into the car’s windshield upon impact. Mark Dunn’s forehead was bleeding profusely when police arrived. While treating the driver, police said Mark Dunn hid something under the passenger seat.
When Mark Dunn was taken from the vehicle, police reported recovering 10 small bags containing a total of 7 grams of heroin from under the passenger seat.
Mall kiosk burglarized
North Riverside police reported on March 24 that 10 cellphones had been stolen from a retail kiosk inside the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road.
According to the report, an employee called at 9:40 a.m. and stated that the key for the storage shelves was on the floor and four storage shelves were unlocked. Apparently, said police, standard procedure was to leave the key for the shelves under the carpet in the center of the kiosk. Police advised the kiosk manager to change that procedure.
Parolee back behind bars
A Berwyn man on parole for a 2009 weapons conviction is back behind bars after North Riverside police arrested him for driving under the influence just prior to 2 a.m. on March 27 on Harlem Avenue.
A police officer reported seeing a white Buick driving 55 mph in a 35 mph zone from the 2200 through the 2500 blocks of Harlem Avenue. During the ensuing traffic stop, police learned that the driver, Shawon D. Turner, 25, had a revoked license with seven stops and one conviction in the past 12 months.
Police also learned that he was on parole from Pinckneyville Correctional Center, where he spent a year behind bars. In April 2009, Turner was sentence to three years in prison for being in possession of a firearm as a felon. He previously served time for a drug conviction.
Turner failed field sobriety tests and was charged with one felony count of DUI and one count of felony driving while revoked based on his past history.
The Illinois Department of Corrections issued a no bond warrant for Turner, who was remanded to Cook County Jail.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 21-27, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.
– compiled by Bob Uphues