SUV Crashes into Apartment, Kills Sleeping Woman

Teen driver suspected of driving under the influence

By Kimberly Podgorski
|  Saturday, Nov 13, 2010  |  Updated 1:41 PM CDT
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SUV Crashes into Apartment, Kills Sleeping Woman

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A southwest suburban woman was crushed and killed early Saturday when an SUV came crashing through her bedroom window and landed on her while she slept, police said.

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

The 2002 Chevy was being driven by Luis Benito, 17, when it crossed a common area of the apartment complex, in the 300 block of Woodcreek Drive, in Bolingbrook, and went through the wall of one unit, police said.

The vehicle entered the bedroom of the lower level apartment and landed on the bed, where Josefina Prospero, 48, and her husband lay sleeping.

"The car actually penetrated the apartment and landed right on the bed. She was trapped under the vehicle," said police Lt. Michael Rompa, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Benito fought with police to avoid being arrested, police said, but was later detained.  A passenger in Benito's SUV tried to run away but was also caught and arrested, they said.

The Will County Coroner's Office confirmed Prospero's identity.

Prospero's husband, 50-year-old Antonio Prospero, was transported to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital where he was treated and released, said Rompa.  

A neighbor told ABC 7 that Josefina was a hard working mother of two.  The Chicago Tribune reported that she was employed as a housekeeper at a Comfort Inn in Romeoville.

The Will County State's Attorney's Office was working on charges at midday Saturday.

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