Unlicensed, Drunk Motorist Charged After Fatally Striking Big Rig Passenger
Skokie, Illinois – A man is in police custody after the vehicle he was driving struck and killed a passenger of a commercial big rig along I-94 last Friday.
According to Illinois State Police (ISP), 41-year-old Marco Vital Tapia of Zion, Illinois, has been arrested and charged with Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Involving Death (Class 4 Felony) stemming from an accident last Friday afternoon.
Investigators said Tapia was behind-the-wheel of a gray Honda traveling along southbound I-94 when the vehicle veered off of the road before fatally striking 55-year-old Abdelrazig F. Khalil of Browns Summit, North Carolina.
The accident happened at approximately 3:09 p.m.
Police said a tractor-trailer had pulled off of the roadway and was stopped along the right shoulder when Khalil, who was standing near the front of the semi, was struck and killed.
The semi-driver was standing on top of the trailer inspecting the load at the time of the accident.
ISP said Tapia continued driving for one mile before stopping.
According to Lake County court records, Tapia also has a pending charge of driving without a license and a speeding ticket issued after a November 2018 traffic stop in Zion.
Tapia is being held without bond and is due back in court in Skokie on April 23.