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Crime & Courts

Bond set at $150,000 for Hanover Park truck driver charged in fatal I-88 crash

Bond has been set at $150,000 for a trucker accused of crashing his semi-trailer into several vehicles on Interstate 88, causing the death of an Illinois tollway worker, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Renato Velasquez, 46, of Hanover Park, was charged with four felonies in relation to the incident, including one count of false report of records and duty status, one count of operating a commercial vehicle while ill or fatigued, one count of driving beyond the 11-hour driving period and one count of driving beyond the 14-hour duty period, the release said.

On Monday, tollway employee Vincent Petrella and Illinois State Trooper Douglas Baulder pulled over to help a disabled vehicle on eastbound I-88, east of Eola Road, according to the release. Both positioned their vehicles behind the disabled vehicle and activated their emergency lights, the release said.

Velasquez was traveling eastbound on I-88 when he allegedly crashed into the parked vehicles at about 9:30 p.m., killing Petrella and seriously injuring Baulder, according to the release.

An investigation revealed Velasquez had allegedly been working for the past 36 hours before the crash with only a three-and-a-half-hour break, the release said.

Velasquez is scheduled to appear in front of Judge Robert Kleeman for arraignment Feb. 10, according to the release.

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