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Man gets 9 years for DUI crash that left teen in nursing home

Fidencio Castillo / phofrom Will County Sheriff's office

Fidencio Castillo / photo from Will County Sheriff's office

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Updated: March 29, 2014 8:39PM



A Peotone man who was intoxicated when he ran over and severely injured a teenage girl in 2012 was sentenced to nine years in prison on Friday, according to prosecutors.

Fidencio Castillo, 29, of Peotone, had a blood-alcohol content of .101 two hours after he struck the 17-year-old girl as she walked on Wilmington-Peotone Road near the Will County Fairgrounds, a statement from the Will County State’s Attorney’s office said.

The girl suffered severe head injuries in the collision, which occurred as she was walking to a friend’s home just before dark on Aug. 3, 2012.

Police reports at the time said the girl suffered the brunt of the impact while a man she was walking with suffered only a minor leg injury.

She was airlifted to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where she was placed in a medically induced coma after suffering a skull fracture and brain tear, police reports said.

The Manhattan resident “now requires around-the-clock professional care in a nursing home,” according to prosecutors.

Castillo, who “has a long history of alcohol and cocaine abuse,” according to prosecutors, pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI in December. He had two prior DUI arrests, court records showed.

Castillo, who faced a maximum of 12 years, was sentenced to nine by Circuit Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak, and must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence, prosecutors said.

“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 in the statement.

“Fidencio Castillo will spend a long time behind prison bars contemplating his callous decision and the tremendous harm he caused.”



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