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Geneva man faces additional counts of aggravated DUI in Naperville fatal crash

Szot pleads not guilty in court Monday

A Geneva man faces additional counts of aggravated driving under the influence in a Naperville crash last month that killed two people after the car he was driving landed in a quarry.

Michael Szot, 21, of Geneva is being charged with nine counts of aggravated DUI causing death. He originally was charged with four counts of aggravated DUI and two counts of reckless homicide. Szot pleaded not guilty in a court appearance Monday in a DuPage County courtroom. His next appearance is set for Oct. 2.

Police and firefighters about 1:59 a.m. July 19 responded to the intersection of Aurora Avenue and Eagle Street for a report of a vehicle that had driven into a Naperville Park District quarry. Szot admitted to police he had been smoking marijuana earlier that day, and he had been drinking rum shots and beer at a local bar before the crash, prosecutors said at Szot’s bail hearing last month.

He was released from DuPage County Jail after posting 10 percent of his $250,000 bail. Prosecutors said a marijuana pipe had been found in Szot’s pocket. Szot’s blood-alcohol level was 0.142, above the legal limit of 0.08.

If found guilty of the charges, Szot faces a maximum penalty of up to 28 years in prison.

The two passengers in the vehicle – Mihirtej Boddupalli, 21, of Lisle and Sajaad Safiullah Syed, 21, of Naperville – were unable to escape from the 2007 Chevy Impala Szot was driving. They were located by fire and police divers in the car, which was 50 feet under water, and were taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville, where they were pronounced dead.

Police said the preliminary investigation indicates Szot was driving west on Aurora Avenue and left the roadway at Eagle Street, crashing into several trees and landing in the quarry on the northwest corner of the intersection.

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