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Bond set for man involved in DUI-related crash on I-355

Victim's injuries forced doctors to induce labor, baby in neonatal intensive care

Bond has been set at $25,000 for a Plainfield man accused of causing a head-on crash while driving the wrong way April 21 on Interstate 355 in Downers Grove that seriously injured a pregnant woman in an oncoming vehicle, according a to DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.

Marco Alegria, 33, appeared in DuPage County Court April 22. The state had requested a bond of $500,000.

Alegria was driving his Dodge Caravan in the wrong direction southbound on I-355 near Butterfield Road at approximately 5:30 a.m. April 21. He crashed his car head-on into a Mitsubishi Galant, according to a Illinois State Police news release. The impact caused the Mitsubishi to strike the center concrete median wall to the left of the roadway, according to the report.

The driver of the Galant, Kelly Esch, 31, of Burbank, suffered severe injuries including a fractured leg and broken ankle. She will require surgery on her hip and doctors were forced to induce labor due to her injuries, according to the State's Attorney's Offcie news release. The baby has been placed in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Alegria’s blood-alcohol content was 0.13, the release stated. Following the crash, he and the victim were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Alegria was arrested and taken into custody at this time, the release stated.

“Like all alleged DUI cases, the case against Mr. Alegria was 100 percent avoidable,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “It is quite possible that the defendant’s alleged decision to drive while drunk may have a lifelong impact on both the mother and child.

"What I find particularly puzzling in all alleged DUI cases is the fact that with ride-sharing services available with the touch of a finger, people still continue to get behind the wheel after they have been drinking. As I have said countless times in the past, do yourself a favor and call a cab or use a ride-sharing service if you have been drinking."

Alegria’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 29 for arraignment.