Man charged with DUI for fatal I-94 crash gets $1M bail
Sun-Times Media Wire February 23, 2014 6:54PM
Ralph Leon | Cook County Sheriff's office photo
Updated: February 23, 2014 10:52PM
Bail was set at $1 million Saturday for a man charged with driving under the influence of cocaine in connection with a Dan Ryan Expressway crash that killed a dump truck driver in November.
Ralph Leon, 59, was charged with aggravated DUI causing a fatal accident, involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide for the crash in the northbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway on Nov. 1, prosecutors said at a bond hearing Saturday.
Leon, of the 5400 block of North Sheridan Road in Chicago, was speeding in a 2004 Mazda 6 near 91st Street about 2 p.m. when he crashed into a car, causing it to swerve, prosecutors said.
He then went over four lanes of traffic and crashed the Mazda into a dump truck being driven by 56-year-old Alfredo Valladares, prosecutors said. Valladares was ejected from the truck and suffered lacerations and multiple fractures.
Valladares, of the 5500 block of South Fairfield Avenue in Chicago, was dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Police at the scene of the crash said Leon looked “very high,” and he was taken to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center for a DUI test, which detected cocaine in his system, prosecutors said.
Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr., ordered Leon held in lieu of $1 million bail Saturday at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse.
Leon’s next court date is scheduled for Tuesday at the Markham courthouse.