Multiple Charges in Oct. 14 St. Charles Crash

Luis Pina of Aurora was arrested at Delnor Hospital in Geneva on the third day after the Oct. 14 crash on Route 31 that injured four people.

An Aurora man faces multiple drunken driving and related charges as a result of an Oct. 14 accident on Route 31 that left four people injured and shut down the roadway for more than three hours.

Luis Avila Pina, 45, of the 400 block of New York Street, Aurora, was arrested at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, where he had been treated for his injuries in the crash. He is charged with aggravated DUI-great bodily harm; aggravated DUI-license revoked or suspended; aggravated DUI-no insurance; speeding, too fast for conditions; driving on a suspended or revoked license; and operating an uninsured vehicle.

He is being held in the Kane County Jail pending a court appearance on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.

St. Charles police said early on they believed alcohol and faulty equipment were factors in the crash, which occurred shortly before 11 a.m. on Route 31, just north of Wildrose Springs Drive.

Pina originally was reported to be in critical condition after the crash.

The driver of the other vehicle, Manuel Nunez, 37, and his passengers Carmen Arevalo, 52, and Emillo Arevalo, 54, all three of Aurora, were each taken to Delnor for treatment of less serious injuries, authorities said.

Police said that Pina was southbound on Route 31 when he lost control of his Pontiac Grand Prix and swerved into oncoming traffic. The Grand Prix collided with a northbound Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Nunez.


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Hans galvan October 25, 2012 at 12:10 AM
U can still get it even if u don't have license is like going to a dealership and buying a car with no credit lol...and I surprise with all due my respect about the comment from joe torre , it seems like he's Hispanic or Latino ...(( not the same )))))
joe torre October 25, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I am not Hispanic or Latino. I am a hard working Italian American that is tired of all the problems Hispanics and Latinos that do not follow the laws the way the rest of do. I have very good friends that are Mexican but they are citizens that came here to this country and became a citizen. Did you see last month how many illegals applied for visas to work here. There were thousands and if you also add their parents we have a problem. They also have demonstrations. What would happen to them in another country? I am tired of it all. This is America and if you want to stay here follow the rules. I had a friend that his 12 yr old son was killed when they got hit head on by a Mexican who was drunk, no license, no insurance, and had 5 DUI arrests. When will this stop?
Ted Schnell October 25, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Joe, this is not a new problem. Historically, every time there has been a wave of immigrants, there have been problems in terms of understanding American laws in comparison with the homeland. After the Vietnam War, when a large Laotian population came to the U.S., they had similar issues -- in fact, one that was really interesting was the hunting laws. I lived in Minnesota at the time, and there were many new immigrants being brought into court daily for shooting songbirds, for example, because they made no distinctions, culturally, in what was considered huntable food. They also did not understand many of our other laws. But this is true of every new wave of immigrants -- be it Asian, Hispanic, Italian, Irish and others.
joe torre October 25, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Ted, don't understand the laws? You know that's not it. These people found a way to beat the system. I have friends in the automobile business and they say it has become a joke. Medicais trying to buy a car and they and their social security cards are fake cards from dead people and if on doesn't work they have other cards to see which one works. How can someone who is illegal and have a fake social security card have a mortgage. Everyone is at fault, banks, restaurants, grocery stores, factories, and landscaping companies. Ted they understand the laws so good that they found a way to beat them.
Ted Schnell October 25, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Yes, and the Italians had the Mafia, and the Irish had their gangs before that. There is always going to be an element that is going to do the wrong thing, no matter was race or cultural background. I get tired of hearing folks blame "the Mexicans" or "the Hispanics" because it paints with a broad brush and, on its face, condemns an entire population. Yet I know a lot, a lot of hardworking, honest people, who are Hsipanic, black, white, etc. Generalizations are the basis for racism, bigotry and all kinds of things that I do not feel are appropriate under any circumstances.


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