Reckless homicide charges filed in fatal Aurora crash

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Charges have been upgraded against a woman who police say was drunk when she caused a crash that left a man dead last week in west suburban Aurora.

Stephanie Figueroa, 27, now faces a reckless homicide charge in addition to felony counts of aggravated DUI for the collision that happened about 2 a.m. Feb. 7 in the 500 block of North Farnsworth, according to Aurora police.

Figueroa was at the wheel of a 1996 Volkswagen Jetta when she lost control and drove into a home, ejecting 33-year-oldObed Cruz-Hernandez from the passenger seat, police said.

Cruz-Hernandez was taken to Rush Copley Medical Center, where he died less than an hour later, according to the Kane County coroner’s office and the police.

Responding officers saw Figueroa crawl out from the overturned car and try to run away, police said. She was arrested after a brief chase and taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

She initially posted bond for two counts of DUI but was arrested again Friday at her Streator home. Her latest court information was not immediately available.

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