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Man Hit by Drunk Driver in Wicker Park Dies a Week Later

A Chicago man, considered an ambassador to the sport of skateboarding, died over the weekend after being hit by a drunk driver in Wicker Park on October 19th.

Reggie Destin, 42, had just left a bar in the early hours of the 19th and was riding his skateboard to his car that was parked a few blocks away. Friends stated that in the 1700 block of North Milwaukee Avenue a vehicle swerved towards Destin but missed him. A second later the same vehicle hit Destin and drove off.

Destin was taken to John Stroger Jr. Hospital where he died on Saturday, October 27th. The driver was found almost immediately on North Avenue with the help of witnesses. When the police pulled Luis P. Pena over, he did not have a driver’s license or insurance. He refused to take a breathalyzer test at the scene but later tests showed Pena had a blood alcohol level of .188, twice the legal limit.

Pena was charged with aggravated driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident with life threatening injuries. The Cook County State’s Attorney stated they will evaluate the evidence in light of Destin’s death to determine if they will upgrade the charges.

Drunk drivers change the make-up of a family in a moment’s notice. If you or a loved one has lost a family member to a drunk driving accident, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to discuss your legal options.