Drunken driver gets 10-year sentence in fatal crash
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter December 17, 2013 12:20PM
Delia Aguila | Chicago Police photo
Updated: December 17, 2013 5:11PM
In a halting voice and tears dripping down her face, Delia Aguila Tuesday apologized to the families of a man and woman she killed when she drunkenly slammed into them with her van as they changed a tire on the South Side.
“May God bring you peace and comfort in a time of anger and sadness,” the young mother of two said before she was sentenced to 10 years in prison for reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident for the Jan. 26 incident.
While Cook County Judge Charles Burns acknowledged Aguila’s “sincerity and remorse,” he said it was imperative for him to send the dental hygienist to prison for William Brunson and Victoria Means’ deaths.
Aguila didn’t have a driver’s license and had a blood alcohol level of a .194 — more than twice the legal limit — when she crashed into the couple in the 3800 block of West 87th Street, prosecutors said.
“There are a lot of broken dreams in this courtroom,” Burns said Tuesday, noting that all families involved should be wrapping gifts instead of grieving loved ones and saying their goodbyes to Aguila, 27.
Brunson, who was knocked out of his shoes and thrown 200 feet into the air when he was struck by Aguila’s speeding SUV, was a proud father of three who loved basketball, according to his family.
Cousin Kenyetta Hall said she was “angry” that Aguila thought it was “OK” for her to get behind the wheel in her impaired condition.
“She’s held at a higher standard because of her profession,” Hall said. “Now, because of her careless and reckless act there are three boys forced to continue to grow up without their dad.”
Danielle Brunson, who was separated from William Brunson, wept as she read portions of letters the couple’s twins wrote about their dead dad.
“I feel sad when dad was dead. I feel sad about him and his body in the casket,” one boy wrote.
His twin wrote: “My life was ruined. I’m sorry dad.”
No relatives of 34-year-old Means, who was dating William Brunson at the time of the deadly hit-and-run, spoke in court Tuesday.
Aguila had been out on bond after her dentist boss posted 10 percent of her $300,000 bail.
Dan Lassman told the Sun-Times last year that Aguila was an exemplary employee at Division Dental in Humboldt Park.
“It’s a no-win situation,” Aguila’s attorney Myron Goldstin said following Tuesday’s emotional sentencing hearing.