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Friday, October 19, 2012

Skateboarder critically hurt in Bucktown hit-and-run

A 42-year-old man was seriously injured when he was hit by a car while riding a skateboard in the Bucktown neighborhood on the North Side this morning.
The driver left the scene but Shakespeare district tactical officers caught up with him and he was being questioned by detectives.
The accident occurred about 2 a.m. as the man was riding a skateboard in the bike lane. He was hit by a car traveling south in the 1700 block of North Milwaukee Avenue.
The man was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
A 30-year-old man faces aggravated DUI and other charges tonight after a 42-year-old man was struck and critically injured while riding a skateboard in a bike lane on a Bucktown street this morning.
Luis P. Pena, of the 2700 block of West 24th Place fled the scene of the crash on the 1700 block of North Milwaukee Avenue about 2 a.m. but was pulled over soon afterward nearby at North and Oakley avenues
 Pena has been charged with aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, both felonies, and misdemeanor counts of DUI, reckless driving, not having a driver's license and operating without insurance,


Anonymous said...

What the hell is a 42 yr old doing riding a skateboard? Wtf????

Anonymous said...

I know right?

Anonymous said...

Did you actually just say something stupid like that?

Anonymous said...

You're conditioned to think there's something wrong with a 42 year old skateboarding. You're brainwashed. Simple as that. Why do 42 year olds snow ski, skydive, rock climb etc.? Please tell me what exactly a healthy 42 your old should be doing according to the rules that govern societal norms?

Anonymous said...

Reginald “Reggie” Destin, had been hospitalized since the Oct. 19 crash in the 1700 block of North Milwaukee Avenue.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said Saturday that Destin had died.
Friends say they saw the driver swerve into Destin, who had left a bar and was heading to his car. Destin suffered multiple fractures, including a skull fracture.
The driver kept going, but witnesses pointed him out and police officers pulled him over as he turned west on North Avenue, authorities said.
Cook County prosecutors say the alleged driver, Luis P. Pena, 30, didn’t have a driver’s license or insurance but got behind the wheel.
Pena smelled like alcohol and had bloodshot eyes after being puled over, but he told police he “did not have that many beers,” prosecutors said. He also allegedly refused a Breathalyzer. Tests later revealed he had a 0.188 blood-alcohol level — more than twice the .08 legal limit, prosecutors said.
It wasn’t the first time Pena was arrested for a DUI. He was convicted of aggravated DUI in 2007.
He was ordered held in lieu of $400,000 bail last week for the latest charges of aggravated driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident with life threatening injuries.
But, because of his other case, the judge ordered he be held without bond for violating probation on another case.
When he was hit around 2 a.m. on Oct. 19, Destin was riding his skateboard for a couple of blocks so he could get to his parked car after leaving a bar.
A friend was about 10 feet ahead of him, according to another friend, professional skateboarder Johnny Fonseca. Destin’s companion saw Pena’s car swerve into him once and almost hit him. And when he looked back a second time, Destin was hit “dead on,” Fonseca said last week.
Destin was well known in the Chicago skating community and often frequented the skateboard shop Uprise, which is a block from the accident. He had jobs working for popular skateboard companies and owned a skateboarding shop called Push near Chicago and State in the late 1990s, Fonseca said.
Skating is “definitely his passion,” Fonseca said. “He’s an advocate for it.”
Fonseca said Destin is “very outgoing, very the man on the scene.” He also loves soccer and began a Sunday soccer league with Fonseca: “We usually just go out there, play soccer no pressure,” Fonseca said. “Everyone just brings their kids and we hang out.”
Friends will gathered last Sunday night at fundraiser at Rodan, where Destin organized DJ acts every Friday. The outing at 1530 N Milwaukee Ave was initially planned by Destin to celebrate a friend’s new record, “but in light of what’s happened we’re making this all about Reggie,” friends said in a Facebook post.

Anonymous said...

probably some illegal immigrant he will just be deported and come back and do it again gotta love this liberal country we live in

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