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Two drivers charged with DUI after pedestrian killed

JOLIET – Two drivers were arrested on DUI charges after a crash killed a pedestrian Friday.

At 8:48 p.m. Mark A. Cipolla, 56, was standing on the northwest corner of Hickory Street and Western Avenue when two vehicles collided, according to Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory.

Oscar A. Garduno Lopez, 18, was pulling out of a parking lot when his 2015 Mazda M3 struck a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Jefferson J. Davis, 21, Gregory said.

The impact pushed both vehicles to the corner where Cipolla was standing. He was struck by the Santa Fe and his head was pinned beneath the driver's side wheel, according to police reports.

Cipolla, of Joliet, was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:19 p.m.

Garduno Lopez, of the 400 block of Hunter Avenue, was taken to Silver Cross Hospital. Gregory said hospital tests showed Garduno Lopez was under the influence of marijuana.

Garduno Lopez was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated driving under the influence and misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended license, driving without insurance and marijuana possession. He was booked into the Will County jail and is being held on $500,000 bond.

According to court records, Garduno Lopez was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident and texting while driving in April 2014. He pleaded guilty in October and was sentenced to a year of court supervision.

A 16-year-old boy who'd been a passenger in the Mazda was treated for minor injuries at Silver Cross and released.

Gregory said officers at the scene smelled alcohol on Davis' breath. Davis, of the 900 block of Lois Place, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, transportation of open alcohol, speeding and improper lane use.

A 24-year-old man who'd been a passenger in the Santa Fe refused medical treatment.

Gregory said the case is being reviewed with the Will County State's Attorney's office and other charges could be filed when bloodwork is complete.

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