17-year-old charged in crash that killed his mother

February 3, 2010 11:51:22 AM PST
A 17-year-old west suburban man has been charged in connection with a fatal crash in which his mother fell off the side of a moving pickup that he was driving.Aurora Police and the Kane County state's attorney say they have charged Antonio A. Vieyra of Aurora with reckless homicide. He was set to appear for bond call on the charges Wednesday morning in Aurora Branch Court, according to police.

Authorities say the single vehicle crash, which occurred at about 9 p.m. at Pine and Assell Avenues, claimed the life of Ludivina Vieyra, 50. Reportedly, it was the culmination of an argument between the 17-year-old and his father at Vieryra's residence. According to police, when Antonio Vieyra began to leave the home in a 1995 Dodge pickup truck, Ludivina Vieyra apparently jumped on the vehicle's passenger side running board in an attempt to stop him.

The suspect reportedly sped away westbound on Pine Avenue with his mother still on the running board. When he hit the brakes after a couple of blocks, Ludivina Vieyra was thrown to the street and suffered massive head injuries.

She was taken to Provena Mercy Center Hospital by Aurora Fire Department Paramedics where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Police say the preliminary investigation did not reveal any immediate signs of drug or alcohol involvement.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)