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Woman weeps as prosecutors detailed how she allegedly killed couple with her van

Updated: January 29, 2013 7:17PM



A young mother of two wept loudly in court Tuesday as Cook County prosecutors detailed how she allegedly drunkenly slammed her van into a couple and killed them as they changed a tire on the South Side over the weekend.

Delia Aguila, 27, has never had a driver’s license and didn’t have one on her on Saturday night when she rammed into William Brunson and Victoria Means, prosecutors said.

Brunson, 39, was knocked out of his shoes and thrown 200 feet into the air when Aguila hit him in the 3800 block of West 87th Street, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Stephanie Buck alleged.

Brunson’s 34-year-old girlfriend’s coat flew off from the impact of the crash, and she was propelled 125 feet, Buck said.

Aguila, whose blood alcohol level registered at .194 — more than twice the legal limit — was driving at a speed of 60 miles per hour as she headed west on 87th Street before the crash, Buck said.

Two witnesses, a motorist who was behind Aguila and an off-duty police officer, called 911, and Aguila was arrested two blocks away, just 10 minutes after the wreck, Buck said.

An officer noticed that Aguila, of the 900 block of West Lawndale, had blood shot eyes and was slurring her speech, according to a police report. An open bottle of Ciroc vodka was in the van, the report said.

Aguila’s vehicle sustained noticeable front-end damage and her front passenger seat had shards of glass all over it, the report said.

Judge Donald Panarese ordered her held in lieu of $300,000 bail Tuesday.

Aguila is a dental assistant and hygienist at Division Dental in Humboldt Park and is the sole supporter of her children — a girl, 10, and a 2-year-old boy, her attorney Myron Goldstein said.

Goldstein is the childhood friend of Aguila’s boss.

“She’s legal,” Goldstein said after Tuesday’s court hearing.

“She certainly could have gotten it [driver’s license]. I have no idea why she didn’t have it.”

Dan Lassman, the dentist boss of Aguila’s, said that she has been an exemplary employee for the last seven years. When Aguila’s mother died from Alzheimer’s disease, Lassman said he loaned her $5,000 for her funeral. Aguila’s father died many years before that, Lassman said.

She has a brother and sister who live in the Chicago area.

“She’s actually one of my more valued employees,” Lassman said. “Her kids are as good as my grandkids, maybe even better, which is a testament to how good of a mother she is”

Lassman said Aguila’s arrest was uncharacteristic of her. “She’s the last person I’d ever expect to be arrested. I feel terrible about what happened. I feel terrible about what is going to happen to her. I just hope the courts show her some leniency.”



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