Teen joyride leads to fatal crash

December 2, 2008 4:15:11 PM PST
Two teens were killed and three other children were injured in a crash involving an underage driver. Police say the 15-year-old driver was taking his passengers on a joyride when the car crashed in Unincorporated Lake County near Long Grove.

Lake County sheriff's police say 15-year-old Daniel Vicario was speeding along Cuba Road when he lost control of the car he was driving. The vehicle went across the road, and crashed into several trees. Vicario died.

A passenger, 14-year-old Lilia Bueno of Streamwood, also died when she was thrown from the car. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

Her family said the teen was supposed to be going to Wal-Mart, but instead Vicario took the passengers on a joyride on a road that's been site to three fatal crashes in eight years.

"Come down the road as fast as they can to hit the bumps and take air," said Audrey Sacks, Long Grove resident. Sacks' driveway ends at the crash site. "I want something done. I don't know if they have to lower some of the hills, if that's possible."

"The roadway doesn't give a lot of room for error and as a result we have these (crashes)," said Chuck Fagan, Lake Co. undersheriff.

Three other passengers -- brothers between the ages 15, 13 and 8 -- were airlifted to hospitals. All three were reportedly in critical condition Tuesday afternoon, but relatives said they could be released from the hospital as early as Tuesday night.

Vicario did not have a driver's license or permit.

"(His mother) said she didn't know he was driving," said Estela Salgado, family spokesperson.

The owner of the car involved in the told police she loaned it to her 15-year-old friend because she thought he was 18.

Officials are looking into whether charges will be filed in the case.


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