Spring Grove man faces reckless homicide charge

A Spring Grove man is free on $250,000 bond after he was charged in connection with a February fatal crash in Antioch.

David Maish, 40, is charged with aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide.

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s office said Maish was driving a 2006 Hummer on Route 59 at 9:11 p.m. Feb. 6, Super Bowl Sunday, when he struck a pedestrian near the intersection of Landmark Way in Antioch.

The crash killed Santiago Balderas, 40, of Round Lake. Balderas was in the road at the time of the crash.

Suzanne Willett, chief of the Drug Prosecution Division of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office, said Maish had a blood alcohol level of 0.142, well above the 0.08 limit.

Willett did not know from where Maish was driving.

Maish also had hydrocodone, a pain killer, in his system, Willett said.

Willett would not say whether there was a blood analysis performed on Balderas as well.

At the time of the crash, Maish was using his phone, Willett said.

Exactly what Maish was doing on his phone is being determined, Willett said.

The Major Crash Assistance Team assisted the Antioch Police Department with the investigation.

There was a lag between the crash and the charges because the police conducted a thorough investigation, Willett said. Police waited for lab results and phone records and performed an accident reconstruction of the incident.

Maish could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison for the aggravated DUI charge and up to five years in prison for the reckless homicide charge, Willett said.

Maish’s next court date is Monday. He was ordered not to contact Balderas’ family, nor drive with alcohol or drugs in his system.

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