by Dennis Sullivan
March 28, 2014
A driver who severely injured a teenage girl in an alcohol-fueled collision in 2012 has been sentenced to nine years in prison.
Fidencio Castillo, 29, of Peotone, slammed into the 17-year-old as she walked alongside Wilmington-Peotone Road near the Will County Fairgrounds early in the evening of Aug. 3, 2012. There is no sidewalk at that location.
The teen, on her way to a friend’s house, sustained severe head injuries and now requires around-the-clock professional care in a nursing home.
Castillo’s blood-alcohol level was at .101 two hours after the collision; the legal limit is .08.
He pled guilty to aggravated DUI in December.
Castillo must serve 85-percent of the sentence handed down today by Circuit Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak.
“No apology from the defendant can restore the vibrant young lady who must spend the rest of her life in a nursing home because of injuries she suffered at the hands of a drunken driver,” State’s Attorney James Glasgow said today in a prepared statement.
“Fidencio Castillo will spend a long time behind prison bars contemplating his callous decision and the tremendous harm he caused.”
2 prior DUI arrests
Castillo had been arrested on two prior occasions for DUI, and he had a long history of alcohol and cocaine abuse, according to court testimony.
He could have been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.
Assistant State’s Attorneys Frank Byers and Tom Bahar secured the plea and sentence that will take Castillo off the streets. Glasgow also credited Victim-Witness Advocate Nichole Pasteris for assisting the victim and her family throughout the court process.
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