CHICAGO CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — With the family of one of the two people she allegedly killed in a drunk driving crash seated behind her, Delia Aguila hung her head and sobbed in court Tuesday as Cook County prosecutors detailed the wreckage from the scene.
Delia Aguila, 27, of the 900 block of North Lawndale Avenue, appeared in Cook County Bond Court charged with two counts of aggravated DUI.
Prosecutors said the victims, William Brunson, 39, and Victoria Means, 34, who were boyfriend and girlfriend, were standing in the 3800 block of West 87th Street changing a tire on their car when Aguila allegedly plowed into them about 10:45 p.m. on January 26.
Aguila, who has never had a driver's license, was driving her van westbound at about 60 miles per hour when she began swerving and hit Brunson and Means sending them both into the air, prosecutors said.
Brunson landed about 200 feet away and died on the scene. The impact from the accident knocked Brunson's shoes off, according to court documents. Means landed more than 100 feet away and was taken to Christ Hospital where she died shortly thereafter.
Aguila was arrested about two blocks north of the scene about 10 minutes after the crash, prosecutors said. Her blood alcohol level, taken later at the police station, registered .194, over twice the legal limit.
Defense attorney Myron Goldstin described Aguila as a hard worker and the sole provider for her children, ages 2 and 10.
Goldstin said Aguila is an assistant at Division Dental Group in the 2600 block of West Division Street. The office, Goldstin said, is owned by a longtime friend who contacted him after Aguila's arrest.
Aguila's family stood in court to show their support. Directly across from them, on the other side of courtroom, friends and family of her victims cried quietly.
Aguila's boyfriend, who did not want to give his name, approached the victim's family multiple times trying to express his regret for the tragedy.
"I am so sorry," he said.
"You took my kids' father," one woman said in response, tears streaming down her face.