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Summit man charged in connection with Plainfield fatal car crash: records

A Summit man has been charged with driving while intoxicated during a car crash that led to the death of a 35-year-old woman in Plainfield, according to court records.

On June 5, Jerome Harris, 37, of the 7200 block of 58th Street was charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence in connection with the death of Spring Valley resident Sarah Cruz.

The criminal complaint filed against Harris alleged he was under the influence of a drug on Feb. 13 when he drove a Toyota Camry on Lockport Street in Plainfield and this violation was the closest cause of Cruz’s death.

Plainfield police Detective Sgt. Kevin McQuaid said Harris was the driver of the Toyota Camry that was involved in the Feb. 13 crash and he was issued citations, including DUI, while he was being treated for injuries at a hospital the same evening.

Cruz was identified as a passenger in the Toyota Camry, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Plainfield police said the Toyota Camry and a BMW X5 were involved in a car crash and the driver of the BMW, a 58-year-old woman, suffered injuries and was taken to Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

Police determined Harris crossed into the wrong lane.

McQuaid said the initial charges against Harris were later upgraded to aggravated DUI by the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office. He said he didn’t have any arrest information or a booking photo of Harris.

Court records show Harris appeared in court on June 5 and he pleaded not guilty to the aggravated DUI charge.

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