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On September 15, 2018, at approximately 8:05PM, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the area of Route 41 north of Route 176, Shields Township, for a traffic crash with injuries.
Preliminary investigation shows a 2008 Honda, driven by a 22-year-old female of Waukegan, was traveling southbound on Route 41, north of Route 176. The vehicle was also occupied by a front seat passenger, Derwin E. Guadarrama-Jimenez, 22, of the 100 block of South Elmwood Avenue, Waukegan, a 15-year-old boy back seat passenger, and a 1-year-old male back seat passenger.
Guadarrama-Jimenez was engaged in a verbal argument with the driver as they traveled on Route 41. During the argument, Guadarrama-Jimenez intentionally grabbed the steering wheel and turned it, as the vehicle was in motion. This caused the vehicle to leave the roadway and strike a tree.
The driver and the 1-year-old were initially transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville due to their injuries. The 1-year-old was then transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, with critical injuries. Guadarrama-Jimenez and the 15-year-old were transported to Lake Forest Hospital due to their injuries.
Guadarrama-Jimenez was released from the hospital, arrested, and charged with two counts of Reckless Conduct (one being a Class 4 Felony and one being Class A Misdemeanor).
Guadarrama-Jimenez remains held in the Lake County Jail on $75,000.00 bail. He is next due in court on September 18, 2018 at 1:30PM in courtroom T110.
The driver and 15-year-old passenger have been released from the hospital. The 1-year-old’s condition has improved, and he remains at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in stable condition.
Sheriff Curran reminds the public the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.