A Highland, Ind. man was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and other charges after he blew through a traffic light on Monday and critically injured an 83-year-old man waiting for the bus before driving into an Albany Park flower shop, police said today.
Jesus DeJesus, 46, was charged today with aggravated driving under the influence and causing an accident, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of a drug and driving on a revoked license, police said.
DeJesus was also wanted on a warrant issued on Oct.3 for a separate driving under the influence charge, police said.
He was also issued traffic citations for negligent driving, failure to reduce speed, disobeying a stop light, failure to keep in lanes, striking a pedestrian in roadway without exercising due care, and also driving without insurance and a valid registration, police said.
The crash occurred at about 7:15 a.m. Monday at Kimball Avenue and Irving Park Road as a silver Buick sedan driven by DeJesus was speeding north on Kimball and apparently accelerated through a yellow light, witnesses said.
The car veered to the right and struck the elderly man who was waiting for the No. 82 Kimball/Homan bus at Irving Park, witnesses at the scene said.
The Buick then struck a black SUV in the intersection and both vehicles careened into Bonnie Flower Shop, breaking out a storefront window.
The pedestrian was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and the driver was taken to another hospital, police said.
Police said today that the victim remains in critical condition but his condition had stabilized. DeJesus is also hospitalized, police said.
DeJesus is expected to be in bond court on Wednesday.