Jose Colon, 21, charged with murder in fatal Edens crash - New York News

$125K bond for driver, 21, charged with murder in Edens crash

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Jose L. Colon, 21. (Illinois State Police) Jose L. Colon, 21. (Illinois State Police)
The second vehicle involved in a two-car crash on the Edens was separated from the other vehicle by a quarter-mile. (NVP) The second vehicle involved in a two-car crash on the Edens was separated from the other vehicle by a quarter-mile. (NVP)
Police were on the scene of a fatal two-car crash on the Edens Sunday morning. (NVP) Police were on the scene of a fatal two-car crash on the Edens Sunday morning. (NVP)
A vehicle was completely mangled in a two-car, fatal crash on the Edens, police said. (NVP) A vehicle was completely mangled in a two-car, fatal crash on the Edens, police said. (NVP)
SKOKIE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Cook County Judge issued a $125,000 cash bond for a Lincolnwood man charged with first degree murder and leaving the scene of a fatality in connection with a crash early Sunday morning.

Jose L. Colon, 21, was driving a white, 2-passenger Audi that rear-ended a Chevrolet Tracker SUV on the southbound Edens near Touhy Avenue in Skokie about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, according to Illinois State Police.

Prosecutors say Colon was driving well over 100 mph on the southbound Edens Expressway when he collided with the SUV driven by Samee Ranginwala of Mankato, Minn.

Ranginwala was trapped in the car and was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy Sunday found Ranginwala died of brain injuries suffered in the crash and his death was ruled an accident, the medical examiner's office said.

Colon came into court on crutches, favoring his right leg, and showed lacerations to his face and arm. Circuit Court Judge Paul Pavlus ordered the bond, meaning Colon will be held at Cook County until he can post $12,500 bail. His family and attorneys indicated bond will be posted.

During the hearing, prosecutors said four witnesses saw Colon driving an Audi, cutting across lanes Sunday in front of an Illinois Department of Transportation tow truck at an estimated speed of more than 150 mph before hitting the SUV.

Prosecutors added that Colon fled the scene and was subsequently subdued at his Lincolnwood home. He also tested positive for alcohol and marijuana.

As part of the conditions of his release, Colon must undergo random drug tests and will not be allowed to drive. Pavlus rejected a prosecutor's request that Colon be entered into a drug treatment program.

Colon's parents were in the courtroom along with two friends, but they did not comment after the hearing.

Colon is a 2011 graduate of Niles West High School and works at a local restaurant. He was given six months probation on a 2011 charge of disorderly conduct.

His next court date is scheduled for April 22.

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