Driver, passenger face drug charges after car fatally hits woman - New York News

Driver, passenger face drug charges after car fatally hits woman

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(Left to Right) Jocelyn Maldonado Verdin and Dustin Aranda (Left to Right) Jocelyn Maldonado Verdin and Dustin Aranda
GLENVIEW, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The driver of a vehicle that fatally hit a pedestrian in north suburban Glenview last week was charged after testing positive for drugs.

Meanwhile, the passenger was also charged after police found 27 grams of marijuana in the vehicle, according to a release by the Cook County Sheriff's office.

The driver, 18-year-old Dustin Aranda, was charged Thursday with aggravated DUI causing death and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, according to the release.

Jocelyn Maldonado Verdin, 18, of Niles, was in the car with Aranda and was also charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, the sheriff's office said.

Janina Kasperek, 65, was walking in the 300 block of Greenwood Road in Glenview when she was hit by a beige 2002 Chevrolet about 11:20 a.m. Jan. 17, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office and the sheriff's office.

She was found lying in a drainage area on the west side of the road, the sheriff's office said.

Kasperek, of the 8500 block of North Milwaukee Avenue in Niles, was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where she was pronounced dead at 11:52 a.m., the medical examiner's office said.

Aranda and Verdin remained at the scene after the crash and refused medical attention, the sheriff's office said.

Aranda, of unincorporated Des Plaines, tested positive for THC and Benzodiazepine, according to the sheriff's office.

Aranda and Verdin appeared in bond court in Skokie Friday, where Aranda's bond was set at $270,000 while Verdin was issued a $20,000 recognizance bond with electronic monitoring, the sheriff's office said.

Both are scheduled to appear in court Feb. 25.

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