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Defendant in fatal Romeoville crash wants blood results tossed

William "Calvin" Hayes
William "Calvin" Hayes

JOLIET – A Crest Hill man believes his blood alcohol test results should be banned from his trial on DUI charges stemming from a fatal crash in Romeoville last year.

William “Calvin” Hayes, 31, is charged with 12 counts of aggravated driving under the influence in the May 19, 2014, crash.

Romeoville Police Officer Sean Wagner testified during a pretrial hearing that he smelled alcohol on Hayes’ breath and noticed his eyes were bloodshot the morning of the crash.

“He said he’d had two beers around 2:30 p.m. the day before while watching the Blackhawks game,” Wagner said.

Authorities allege that Hayes was driving a green Dodge minivan south on Weber Road when he ran through a stoplight at Taylor Road, crashing into a brown Mitsubishi SUV driven by Don Trasmonte, 41, of Romeoville.

Trasmonte was killed, and his wife, Christy, was seriously injured.

Hayes refused medical treatment, and a man who was a passenger in his vehicle was treated for minor injuries.

Wagner testified he asked Hayes if he was willing to go to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital for a blood draw and urine test. Hayes agreed.

Hayes also underwent field sobriety tests and was unable to follow the officer’s finger with his eyes, but could stand on one leg and keep his balance while walking and turning, according to Wagner.

“And you did not have probable cause to arrest him at that point?” defense attorney Jeff Tomczak asked Wagner, who acknowledged he did not.

Tomczak and Assistant Will County State’s Attorney Chris Regis did not outline Thursday whether the test results are admissible. The lawyers are expected to make their arguments to Judge Daniel Rozak during another hearing.

Hayes refused to breathe into a portable breathalyzer police brought to the crash scene, but agreed to go to the hospital after being asked a second time, Wagner said.

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