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Barrington Hills teen sentenced for fatal DUI

Published: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 7:52 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 2:46 p.m. CDT
(Barrington Hills police)
Karsten Eilersten, 19, of Barrington Hills, was arrested for driving under the influence after causing a fatal accident March 3, 2013.

BARRINGTON HILLS – A Barrington Hills teen was sentenced to about three months in jail and three years of probation in Cook County Circuit Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated DUI in July, according to the state's attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Karsten Eilersten, a 2013 Barrington High School graduate, who was 18 at the time of the incident, caused the death of a 61-year-old Elgin man and injury of a 44-year-old woman.

Eilersten was driving north in a Chevrolet Suburban on Route 59 in Barrington Hills about 3 p.m. March 3, 2013, when he crossed over center lines and sideswiped a Toyota, whose driver, a 57-year-old woman, suffered a foot injury. Eilersten then crashed head-on into a Dodge, killing its driver, Ronald Ziolo, prosecutors said.

Police said they found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and non-prescribed Lorazepam, a sedative, in Eilersten's car.

Thursday's sentence includes 300 hours of community service. Eilersten received a one-day credit for time served and began his 90-day sentence immediately at Cook County Jail, according to court records.

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