A 28-year-old Conroe, Texas man faces felony charges of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in a fatality after he allegedly slammed his pickup truck into a car driven by a 37-year-old father of three who was on his way to work on Sept. 1 at about 11:45 p.m. in the 700 block of Harlem Avenue.
Police say Jordan Ceron-Estrada’s 2015 Chevy Silverado was traveling at 98 mph while southbound on Harlem Avenue five seconds before it struck a 2007 Nissan driven by Alberto Ocampo, who entered the intersection to turn left from the eastbound I-290 ramp onto northbound Harlem Avenue.
Ceron-Estrada hit the brakes, according to police, but the truck hit the driver’s side of the Nissan. Paramedics transported Ocampo to Loyola University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just after midnight.
Both Ceron-Estrada and a 22-year-old male passenger in the pickup truck were taken to Rush Oak Park Hospital. Neither was seriously injured, according to police. A blood draw done at the hospital reportedly indicated that Ceron-Estrada’s blood-alcohol content was .209, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.
Ceron-Estrada reportedly told police he had had been at a night club earlier that night, where he drank beer. Police also reported finding an empty glass beer bottle on the front passenger floorboard of the pickup truck.
In addition to the reckless homicide and aggravated DUI charges, police cited Ceron-Estrada for driving without a valid license and other offenses. At a hearing on Sept. 4 a judge set Ceron-Estrada’s bond at $200,000. He remains in custody at Cook County Jail awaiting trial.