GENEVA – Police have charged a Batavia man with driving under the influence, a felony, along with several misdemeanor offenses following a car crash in the 200 block of East State Street in Geneva on Dec. 22, according to a news release from the Geneva Police Department.
David J. Walgenbach, 28, of the 400 block of Maves Drive, Batavia, was driving a Mazda CX-5 northbound on Crissey Avenue around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 22 when he allegedly ran a stop sign at the State Street intersection. The car entered the intersection where it hit a silver Honda Accord driven by a 22 year-old Geneva resident.
The Accord was pushed into the front yard of a residence on the north side of State Street, striking bushes and stairs before coming to a stop. Both drivers were transported to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva with serious injuries. The Geneva resident was released on Dec. 24, while Walgenbach was discharged the following day.
Walgenbach has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence causing great bodily harm, expired registration, disobeying a stop sign, failure to wear a seatbelt, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of fireworks.
The accident remains under investigation by the Geneva Police Department pending a toxicology analysis.