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Orland Hills Man Charged With Reckless Homicide in Crash

Kevin Santiago, 33, also faces DUI charges after a two-vehicle accident Sunday that killed a 50-year-old Tinley Park woman, police report.

A 33-year-old Orland Hills man was charged Tuesday with reckless homicide in connection with a crash that killed a 50-year-old Tinley Park woman Sunday, according to the Tinley Park Police Department.

Kevin Santiago, of the 8800 block of West 170th Street in Orland Hills, also was charged with driving under the influence, aggravated DUI, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving without insurance and disobeying a traffic control device, a police press release stated.

READ: Tinley Park Woman Dies After Morning Car Crash

Santiago was involved in a two-vehicle crash at around 2 a.m. Sunday, at the intersection of 183rd Street and 80th Avenue, according to police. Lubna Firdausi, the driver of the other vehicle, was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead later that morning, the release stated.

Santiago also was hospitalized after the crash, but he was later released, police said.

Details about the accident and Santiago's blood-alcohol level were not given by police.

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dj December 12, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Wow all the negative comments... only god can judge that man.. accidents do happen and bad decisions do get made in our lives some we can overcome and some we cant.. hope all goes well for dat young man and the victims family.. wonder if they did a autopsy on her and why was she out so late.. n kelso how do u kno he was at home.. everyone wit the b.s. comments put your feet in kevins and his family shoes if it was to happen to u.. most the negative comments probally from some tinley park stuck up snobs that need get a life that think there just so perfect n rosey makes me sick..
Emily December 12, 2012 at 02:03 AM
It's not an accident, it's a crash. There is a difference. As of 4:00 this evening 916 lives were lost due to traffic deaths.
Christine December 14, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Unbelievable...Shame on all of you that bashed Kevin on here. Have some respect for his family, they didn't ask for this to happen. Does it make you feel better about yourself? Can it change what happened? This is exactly what is wrong with this world. Didn't your elders teach you, if you don't have nothing nice to say then don't say nothing at all? Grow up people. If you don't know all the details of what happen, then don't assume. There is too much sadness and negativity in this world as it is. Your bashing is needless. Do something positive with this site and your lives. Take from this what is needed, as in, be responsible and don't drink and drive. It's not worth it. Everyone loses. Much love and prayers for both families.
MS December 14, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Shame on all of you for bashing Kevin??? He's still here on earth, and his family still has a future together! He won't get a life sentence out of this. He'll probably get 3-7 yrs on this, do his time, and continue on with his life. Yes, he will carry this with him forever and his life is probably forever changed as a result of that. The victim of this terrible tragedy is gone FOREVER! Her family no longer has a future together with her. So, if people have harsh feelings towards Santiago, I feel it's rightfully so! He killed a woman and took her from her family forever! Good guy or not, he did that and it can never be reversed. I pray for all involved, but see it for what it is instead of trying justify this as an "accident"!! Nothing about what happened was an accident!!
Emily December 14, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Anyone who drinks and gets behind a wheel of an automobile needs to understand that they are not only risking their own lives, they risk every other human being on the road. This wasn't a mistake, it wasn't an 'oops' it was a person who chose to risk his life and others. It's a choice. Period. If you're going to drink, do not drive. It's just that simple.

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