Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Bond Set at $300,000 for Streamwood Man Accused of Aggravated DUI in Fatal Head-on Crash
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Hanover Park Chief of Police Michael Menough announced today that bond has been set for a Streamwood man accused of causing a fatal head-on crash after driving into oncoming traffic on County Farm Road in Hanover Park earlier this year. Jonathan Franco, 19 (d.o.b. 3/13/2000) of 805 Garden Circle, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Robert Miller set bond at $300,000 with 10% to apply.
At approximately 7:26 a.m., January 12, 2019, officers with the Hanover Park Police Department responded to a crash on County Farm Road near Lawrence Avenue. Upon their arrival officers found evidence of a head-on collision. Following an investigation into the crash, it is alleged that Franco was driving a Subaru southbound on County Farm Road when he drifted into oncoming traffic. It is alleged that Franco crashed his car head-on into a northbound vehicle, causing fatal injuries to the driver and serious injuries to the driver’s twelve-year-old son. It is further alleged that Franco had tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, in his system at the time of the crash. Following the crash, Franco and the victims were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The driver of the vehicle Franco allegedly crashed into was pronounced deceased at the hospital. On April 26, 2019, a $1 million with 10% to apply arrest warrant was issued for Franco. He turned himself in to authorities late yesterday afternoon.
“Mr. Franco’s decision to get behind the wheel of a car while he was allegedly impaired by THC in his system proved to be fatal,” Berlin said. “As with DUI cases involving alcohol, cases in which the defendant allegedly has THC in their system are 100% avoidable. The lesson is clear, if you have any substance in your system that may impair your ability to operate a vehicle, don’t get behind the wheel. Do yourself and other motorists a favor and call a cab or use a ride-sharing service. I would like to thank the Hanover Park Police Department for their efforts in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Sullivan for her work in securing a strong prosecution against Mr. Franco.”
“Our sincerest condolences go out to the family of the victim who lost his life as a result of this tragic event and we pray for a full recovery for his son,” Menough said. “I commend the Hanover Park police officers and investigators who worked diligently during the course of this investigation and I would like to extend my appreciation to the members of the DuPage County Accident Reconstruction Team for their assistance. I would also like to thank the DuPage County States Attorney’s Office for their assistance and guidance throughout this investigation.”
Franco’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 23, 2019, for arraignment in front of Judge Miller.
Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.