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Crime & Courts

Carpentersville man charged in connection with May crash that killed pregnant woman

32-year-old pregnant woman died in May collision

Frank Ruiz, 19, of the 100 block of Cordova Road, Carpentersville
Frank Ruiz, 19, of the 100 block of Cordova Road, Carpentersville

A Carpentersville man faces criminal charges in connection with a May crash that killed a 32-year-old pregnant woman and injured two others, police said.

Kane County prosecutors have charged 19-year-old Frank Ruiz with reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office sent Monday.

The charges stem from a May 19 crash that occurred when police said Ruiz was speeding and disobeyed a traffic control device, according to the release.

Ruiz, of the 100 block of Cordova Road, Carpentersville, turned himself in to police Friday.

Rocio Hernandez-Balderas of Carpentersville died as a result of the crash. She was pregnant at the time, and the child also died, according to the release.

Hernandez-Balderas’ family could not be reached for comment Monday.

A Kane County judge released Ruiz from jail Saturday without posting a monetary bond, according to the release.

He is due in court Jan. 25.

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