A Carpentersville man who drove through a stop sign and killed another motorist in West Chicago before he fled the accident scene was sentenced today to 10 years in prison.
Alonso Huerta-Perez, 24, had pleaded guilty in July to leaving the scene of a fatal auto accident for the September 2010 crash the claimed the life of a 27-year-old Schaumburg man.
According to authorities, Huerta-Perez was eastbound on Lester Street in West Chicago around 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 12, 2010, when he failed to stop at the intersection with Illinois Route 59. His car entered the intersection, colliding with a northbound vehicle being driven by Austin Weidner, who was killed.
Huerta-Perez then fled the accident scene, but was apprehended about four hours later by West Chicago police.
“Just over one year ago, Mr. Perez caused a crash that took the life of Austin Weidner,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said. “What’s worse is that once faced with the realization of what he had done, Mr. Perez decided to flee the scene in an attempt to avoid responsibility.”
Judge Kathryn Creswell handed down the 10-year sentence.