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Crime & Courts

Cicero mom charged with DUI after crashing SUV into pond, seriously injuring son

Boy, 6, remains in medically induced coma

Gladys Ruvira-Garcia, 31, of the 5600 block of West 22nd Place, Cicero, has been charged with three counts of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 4 felony, along with several traffic offenses including driving without a valid driver’s license.
Gladys Ruvira-Garcia, 31, of the 5600 block of West 22nd Place, Cicero, has been charged with three counts of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 4 felony, along with several traffic offenses including driving without a valid driver’s license.

CICERO – A 6-year-old Cicero boy is in critical condition after his mother lost control of an SUV and crashed it into a retention pond at about 2:40 a.m. Oct. 15 near Diehl Road and Interstate 88 in Aurora, according to the Aurora Police Department.

The boy's mother, Gladys Ruvira-Garcia, 31, of the 5600 block of West 22nd Place, Cicero, has been charged with three counts of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 4 felony, along with several traffic offenses including driving without a valid driver’s license, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

She was taken into custody at the scene of the crash by Aurora police, and she appeared in bond court Oct. 17, where Judge Joseph Bugos set bond at $500,000 with 10 percent to apply, the release stated.

An investigation into the crash revealed Ruvira-Garcia allegedly had a blood alcohol content of more than 0.14, according to the release.

Weather conditions were not mentioned by police or prosecutors as a factor in the crash, although the Chicago area saw heavy rain Oct. 14 that led to flooding in some areas.

Upon Aurora police officers' arrival at the crash scene, they found a 2007 Nissan Xterra fully submerged in the pond on the south side of the intersection. In addition to the driver and her son, the vehicle had been occupied by her 21-year-old sister and her 12- and 15-year-old daughters, according to a post on the department's Facebook page.

Ruvira-Garcia said they were on their way home to Cicero from a party in Aurora when she was turning westbound onto Diehl Road after exiting I-88 and lost control of her vehicle, went off the roadway and crashed into the retention pond, the post stated. All four females were able to escape, but the boy could not.

An Aurora Fire Department surface swimmer was immediately deployed to help locate the vehicle and the boy, according to the post. Two water rescue team divers then entered the water and began searching for the vehicle. About six minutes later at 3:03 a.m., the SUV and child were located in about 15 feet of water, about 80 feet from shore. It is believed the boy was in the water for at least 30 minutes, the post stated.

He was rushed to an Aurora hospital in critical condition and later transported to a Chicago hospital, police said in the post. He is in a medically induced coma, according to the State's Attorney's Office. The other vehicle occupants were taken to an Aurora hospital for examination.

Ruvira-Garcia’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 30 in front of Judge Liam Brennan.

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