A driver alleged to have run a red light at Sheridan Road and 54th Street Sunday, causing a three-car crash, is alleged to have been intoxicated and now faces a series of felony charges.
Alejandro Paz-Garcia, 21, of Kenosha, was charged Monday with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, three counts of operating while intoxicated causing injury-first offense, and three counts of reckless driving causing injury.
According to the criminal complaint, Paz-Garcia was driving a Honda westbound on 54th Street at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday when he is alleged to have run through the red light at high speed, striking a northbound Nissan and a southbound Jeep that were both passing through the intersection of Sheridan Road and 54th Street.
After hitting the two vehicle’s, Paz-Garcia’s Honda struck a trolley pole, and then hit the parking garage on the west of the intersection. The Honda was seriously damaged, and Paz-Garcia and the passenger in the car had to be extricated from the vehicle. The passenger in the Honda, a friend of Paz-Garcia’s, was unconscious. Paz-Garcia was taken to the hospital with what were initially believed to be critical injuries; however, he was later treated and released to the Kenosha County Jail. His passenger was also hospitalized.
The driver of the Jeep and a passenger in that vehicle were also taken to the hospital, complaining of back pain.
According to the complaint, police said Paz-Garcia smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech and glassy eyes. He later admitted to drinking five to six beers before the crash. There were beer cans in the vehicle. Witnesses estimated Paz-Garcia’s vehicle was traveling at about 60 mph before the crash.
Paz-Garcia is being held on $20,000 bond.