West Chicago man convicted in DUI that injured Geneva woman
ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A West Chicago man was found guilty in a 2010 drunken driving crash that severely injured a pedestrian.
A Kane County jury convicted Donald E. Rericka Jr., 49, late Tuesday, of one count of felony aggravated driving under the influence, punishable by probation or between one and 12 years in prison.
Rericka was driving a silver Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck about 2 a.m. Jan, 31, south on Route 31, officials said. Rericka tried to turn left to go east on Route 64, but lost control, driving up over the sidewalk striking a tree and a pedestrian.
The pedestrian, a Geneva woman who now is 50, suffered several severe injuries, including bleeding on her brain, a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, a cracked sternum and a broken finger.
An investigation showed that Rericka's blood alcohol level was .170, more than double the legal limit of .08 percent.
The victim testified during the trial that she is still recovering from the injuries. As a result of the crash, she continues to experience short-term memory loss and limited mobility, and has had to forego activities such as running, skiing and water skiing.
Associate Judge Marmarie J. Kostelny set Rericka's next court appearance for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12, in courtroom 217, for post-trial motions and sentencing.
Rericka remains free on $3,000 bond. As a condition of bond, Rericka must refrain from possessing or consuming alcohol.
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