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Crest Hill man who had ecstasy in system pleads guilty in fatal crash

William "Calvin" Hayes
William "Calvin" Hayes

JOLIET – A Crest Hill man pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving under the influence in a 2014 crash that killed a Romeoville man.

William “Calvin” Hayes, 32, was sentenced to eight years in prison for the May, 19, 2014 crash that killed Don Trasmonte, 41. Hayes faced up to 14 years in prison if he'd been convicted on all charges.

Hayes was driving a green Dodge Caravan south on Weber Road when he ran a stoplight at Taylor Road in Romeoville, crashing into a brown Mitsubishi SUV that was turning onto Weber Road.

Trasmonte was killed and his wife was seriously injured. A man who was a passenger in the Dodge was treated for minor injuries.

Blood tests showed Hayes had ecstasy in his system at the time, Will County assistant state's attorney Adam Cappelli said. A Romeoville police officer also testified at a hearing last year Hayes had alcohol on his breath, but was able to pass field sobriety tests.

Hayes told the first paramedic to approach him that he did not need medical attention, but was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital to give blood and urine samples. His lawyer, Jeff Tomczak, filed motions have those results kept from being used as evidence, but Judge Daniel Rozak ruled they were obtained legally.

"You had some earlier motions where I ruled against you. You are aware by pleading guilty you will not be able to appeal? You give up that right," Rozak said to Hayes.

"Yes, sir," the defendant responded.

Hayes did not address the court after pleading guilty, but Tomczak said "from the beginning [Hayes] has expressed remorse for the consequences of his actions."

Cappelli said Hayes was convicted of driving under the influence in 2005. He has also been convicted of criminal damage to property, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hayes must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence but will receive credit for nearly two years spent in the Will County jail. He also must undergo drug and alcohol counseling. 

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