DUI charges expected in Eisenhower wrong-way crash that killed 2 women

Charges are pending against Miguel Rico, 20, in a wrong-way crash on the Eisenhower Expressway that killed two young women.
September 10, 2013 10:27:41 AM PDT
Charges are pending against Miguel Rico, 20, in the wrong-way crash on the Eisenhower Expressway that killed two young women, an Illinois State Police official said Sunday.

Rico, who is from Chicago, is expected to be charged with aggravated driving under the influence. Rico remained hospitalized under police guard Sunday morning. But by the afternoon, he was held in a Maywood jail.

He was expected to appear in court for a bond hearing on Monday.

Police said Rico entered the road on the exit ramp at Eastbound Eisenhower at Harlem in a Dodge minivan, when he collided with another vehicle. Briana Resto, 19, and driver Monica Hernandez, 20, were killed. The vehicle's sole survivor Brittney Mouzon was riding in the passenger seat.

Police say Hernandez tried to swerve to avoid the wrong-way driver, but the minivan hit her. Both women died instantly.

The crash happened just before 2:00 a.m. Saturday. Both the wrong way driver and his passenger survived the crash.

Family and friends of the women who died called on him to be punished.

"She (Resto) kissed me before she left [Friday]night," Kathy Resto-Marquez said. "She said, 'Good night mom. God bless you. I'll see you in a couple of hours.' Right on the lips."

That was the last time Resto-Marquez saw her youngest daughter, who she described as a hard-working, goal-driven girl who wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement.

"She was very out-going," said Naticia Bonilla, Resto's sister. "Very strong. Very mature. She was a backbone even for some of us who were older than her."

"We're just trying to cope," said Resto's brother, Eddy Anaya. "We hope justice is served because no one else deserves the pain we are feeling right now."

Meanwhile, Mouzon described the scene of the crash.

"I just climbed out. I was just screaming, 'Somebody help my friends,'" Mouzon said.

"When the doorbell rang, I thought it was her, locked out," said Resto-Marquez. "Instead it was the state troopers."

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"Out of nowhere," Brittney Mouzon said. "Monica was like, 'Oh my God.' I looked up to see a car driving straight towards us."

Mouzon survived a crash that killed her two best friends.

"She swerved turned the car left to get away and the car swerved the same way and crashed into us," Mouzon said.

The friends all worked at the same Bakers Square restaurant and were headed to a get-together.

Mouzon and Resto were passengers; Hernandez was driving.

The impact mangled the 2001 blue Ford, trapping the women inside.

"And I was like shaking her and I was like, 'Monica wake up, get up,'" Mouson said.

But Hernandez, the girl Mouzon had known since they were sophomores in high school, was dead and so was their other friend, Briana Resto.

She dreamed of becoming an FBI agent.

"I was trying to find the seatbelt but the car was on its side," Mouzon said. "I couldn't find it and I looked in the back and Briana was just laying there."

The wrong-way driver and his passenger were treated at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

"The cuts are mostly from when I climbed out the window to get out of the car," Mouzon said.

As Mouzon recovers at home, she also struggles to cope with a life now changed forever.

"Going from being together every day to not seeing them anymore," she said. "It's going to be really hard."


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