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Woman, 19, charged in DUI crash that left driver paralyzed

EricGallardo 19 charged with aggravated DUI March 27 crash thleft driver car she hit paralyzed.

Erica Gallardo, 19, charged with aggravated DUI in a March 27 crash that left the driver of the car she hit paralyzed.

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Updated: May 15, 2013 7:09AM

A 19-year-old Oak Forest woman has been charged with aggravated DUI in a crash last month in Steger that left the driver of a vehicle that she struck paralyzed, Cook County prosecutors said Saturday.

Erica Gallardo, a graduate of Oak Forest High School, was ordered held Saturday on $50,000 bail.

She was arrested at home Thursday.

The crash happened around 5 a.m. March 27 at Steger and Richton roads in Steger. Prosecutors said Gallardo was driving a 2001 Mercury Mountaineer that hit a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by a 26-year-old Oak Forest man who suffered a spinal injury and broken thigh bone and was left paralyzed from the waist down, authorities said.

Gallardo — whose lawyer would not comment Saturday — was taken to a hospital after the crash and found to have a blood-alcohol level of .117 percent, prosecutors said. A person is presumed under Illinois law to be driving drunk with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent.

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