NORTH AURORA – An Aurora man has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol after his Silver Nissan Murano on Sunday hit a utility pole and left his passenger in critical condition.
Victor M. Alvarez, 35, of the 1400 block of Golden Oaks Parkway, Aurora, has been charged with aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm and aggravated reckless driving causing great bodily harm, disability or disfigurement, both felonies.
He remains in the Kane County Jail, and bond has been set at $100,000. A passenger in Alvarez’s vehicle, a 39-year-old West Chicago man, was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. He was in critical condition as of late Sunday night, police said. Police did not release the passenger’s name.
North Aurora police responded at 2:11 p.m. Sunday to Route 25, about 100 feet north of Ridge Road, for a report of a single-vehicle crash. Alvarez was traveling northbound on Route 25 when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole, police said.
Route 25 was closed from Ridge to Banbury roads while crash investigators processed the scene. The roadway was reopened to traffic about 7 p.m.
The crash remains under investigation. Alvarez has a court hearing set for Wednesday.