Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tennessee man sentenced for Rosemont crash

Barbara Vitello of the Chicago Herald reports:
A Tennessee man who struck two men riding a motorcycle at Lee Street and the Jane Adams Tollway in Rosemont last August pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving an injury.
Jason Gaston, 35, was sentenced to a total of six years in prison -- three years for the DUI and three years for leaving the scene, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Michael Crowe. Gaston, who received credit for 108 days in custody, must serve the sentences consecutively, Crowe said.
Authorities say Gaston struck the two men about 2:20 a.m. Aug. 23. After a bystander observed that one of the motorcyclists appeared to be dead, Gaston left the scene, prosecutors said during his bond hearing.
Illinois State Police eventually traced Gaston to the Rosemont hotel where he was staying.

The two victims were both from Elk Grove Village. The driver suffered a broken pelvis and internal bleeding, prosecutors said. His passenger suffered a fractured right leg. Both men have since been released from the hospital, Crowe said.