Woman Charged With Reckless Homicide, DUI in Fatal Melrose Park Crash

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Stephanie  Mota, 22, was charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI after she fatally struck a Northlake man in Melrose Park last Saturday. | Cook County Sheriff’s Office via Chicago Sun-Times

Monday, June 27, 2016 || By Michael Romain ||@maywoodnews || @village_free

Stephanie Mota, 22, was recently charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI after she hit Alberto Vela, 46, with her car last Saturday in Melrose Park, according to Cook County court documents.

The June 25 crash happened at North Avenue and Winston Plaza Drive at around 4:30 a.m. Melrose Park Police officials said Vela was driving in the area when his vehicle ran into a median.

When Vela, of Northlake, exited the vehicle after the accident, he was hit by Mota, who was driving a Chevy Camaro. Vela was rushed to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead at 5:14 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

In addition to the charges, Mota was ticked for driving without insurance. According to a Chicago Sun-Times report, she was held Sunday on a $100,000 bond before being released. VFP

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