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Joliet man charged after fatal crash involving squad car

Updated: April 15, 2013 9:02AM

A Joliet man was charged with vehicular homicide after he drunkenly collided with a police cruiser, killing a passenger in his car while injuring himself, another occupant in the vehicle and two police officers.

Alex Reyes, 24, was charged with reckless homicide, aggravated DUI resulting in death, aggravated DUI resulting in body harm and driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Reyes was driving a car carrying three people when he crashed into the squad car about 11:30 p.m. Friday near Harrison Street and Laramie Avenue in Chicago’s Austin community, authorities said.

Anthony Camarillo, 18, of the 1300 block of South 56th Street, was ejected from the car and died at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Camarillo suffered multiple injuries from an automobile collision and his death was ruled an accident, an autopsy determined.

Reyes and another passenger were critically hurt and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, authorities said.

Neither of the officers suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. Both were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Reyes, of the 31000 block of Nantucket Drive, is still hospitalized and a court date has not yet been scheduled, police said.

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