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Man charged with DIU after fatal crash on I-94

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A man has been charged with driving under the influence in connection with a fatal traffic crash on the Edens Expressway Friday near Skokie.

Marco A. Vital-Tapia, 41, of Zion, was charged with felony aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death, Illinois State police said.

Marco Antonio Vital-Tapia | Cook County sheriff’s office
Marco Antonio Vital-Tapia | Cook County sheriff’s office

Vital-Tapia was driving a gray Honda in the right lane near Dempster Street on I-94 when he swerved onto the right shoulder and struck Abdelrazig F. Khalil, 55, of Browns Summit, North Carolina, police said.

Khalil who was the passenger of a semi-trailer truck was standing outside of the car near the front at the time of the crash. The driver of the truck was on top of the trailer inspecting the load, police said.

Vital-Tapia continued to drive about a mile before eventually pulling over. Khalil was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash, police said.

Vital-Tapia was denied bail at a hearing Sunday, according to Cook County sheriff’s office records. His next court date was set for Tuesday.

Illinois State police was investigating the crash.