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Crime & Courts

1 dead after head-on collision in Berwyn

Driver faces DUI, reckless homicide charges

Jose Zamago-Gaugin has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence, reckless homicide, unlawful restraint and several traffic violations.
Jose Zamago-Gaugin has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence, reckless homicide, unlawful restraint and several traffic violations.

BERWYN – A Chicago man faces several charges in the high-speed, head-on collision that killed a 25-year-old Cicero woman in the early morning hours of March 6 in Berwyn, according to the Berwyn Police Department.

Jose Zamago-Gaugin allegedly was driving more than 85 mph with a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit when he crossed over the double yellow line, crashing into the victim head on, the department posted on its Facebook page.

Emergency personnel responded to the crash at 2:52 a.m. in the 6300 block of Ogden Avenue, finding the two heavily damaged vehicles, according to the post.

Mayra Rivera was extricated from a black Pontiac and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. She was on her way to work at FedEx at the time of the crash, Berwyn Police Chief Michael Cimaglia said in an email.

Zamago-Gaugin was found in a white Nissan with a 20-year-old female passenger, and they were transported to an area hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the post stated.

Police said the passenger asked Zamago-Gaugin to stop driving fast and recklessly and tried to get out of the vehicle for her own safety. She texted people for help, but Zamago-Gaugin allegedly took her cellphone and threw it onto the floor of the car to prevent her from calling for aid, they said.

Zamago-Gaugin has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence, reckless homicide, unlawful restraint and several traffic violations, and he could face additional felony charges when he is indicted, according to the post.

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