The man who police say was responsible for two hit-and-run crashes in Riverside on Wednesday morning was on probation for a previous drunken-driving conviction and has been ticketed numerous times for traffic offenses in the past.
Eduardo Reyes-Hurtado, 23, of Chicago, is being held without bond at Cook County Jail. He is charged with felony drunken-driving and a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident, among other things, in connection with the four-vehicle crash at the intersection of First Avenue and Forest Avenue/Ridgewood Road at about 11:15 a.m. on June 10.
He is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a revoked license for driving his tan Ford Focus into another vehicle in the parking lot of the MacNeal Professional Building at 3722 Harlem Ave. in Riverside less than 10 minutes before allegedly causing the accident on First Avenue.
The exact details surrounding the four-vehicle crash on First Avenue are still unclear. Some witnesses told police that Reyes-Hurtado ran a red light, while other say the light was changing when he passed through the intersection.
The police crash report states that Reyes-Hurtado’s Ford was heading northbound on First Avenue when it turned left in front of a 2011 Toyota Camry driven by a 57-year-old Berwyn woman, who was southbound on First Avenue. The impact sent Reyes’ car into a spin, involving two more vehicles in the crash.
Reyes-Hurtado allegedly ran from the scene but was apprehended by police a short time later near the Des Plaines River in the Zoo Woods forest preserve.
He and a woman in one of the other vehicles were transported to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment. Several other people were treated at the scene by paramedics, according to police.
In addition to the two felony charges, Reyes-Hurtado was cited for illegal transportation of open alcohol, having no vehicle insurance, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and resisting arrest.
Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said Reyes-Hurtado’s driver’s license was revoked in November 2014 after being convicted of a July 2014 drunken-driving incident in Chicago. He was sentenced to 60 days’ time served and two years’ probation.
In 2012, Reyes-Hurtado was arrested for homicide in Chicago, said Weitzel, but that charge was later dropped by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Weitzel said Reyes-Hurtado has 19 prior traffic offenses.
Crash at First Ave. and 31st St.
The four-vehicle crash on June 10 was the second serious crash on First Avenue in less than 24 hours.
On June 9 at about 10:10 p.m., a 25-year-old LaGrange Park woman driving a Nissan Sentra northbound on First Avenue at 31st Street turned left into the path of a GMC Canyon, which was southbound.
Police said the GMC had the right of way at the time of the crash. The driver of the Nissan went in and out of consciousness at the scene, said police, and was transported to Loyola University Medical Center. Her condition is not known. She was in the hospital as of about noon on Wednesday.
The Nissan sustained heavy front-end damage and the crash ignited small engine fire, which was kept under control by a Riverside police officer using a fire extinguisher until firefighters arrived to put out the fire.
Police cited the driver of the Nissan for failure to yield and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Alcohol or drugs were not factors in the crash, police said.
The crash shut down the intersection of First Avenue and 31st Street completely for about 45 minutes.