A Chicago man was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison in connection with a drunken driving crash last year that killed one woman and seriously injured two others.
While Aguilera's sentencing is within state guidelines, Kipperman seems to lack consistency. Last year she sentenced a Melrose Park man to 10 years in prison for a fatal crash and his first DUI conviction. And she gave a Cicero man seven years in prison for his first DUI and killing a bicyclist.
It raises the question of why Aguilera received such a light sentence after his third DUI and fatal crash.
"It's ridiculous," Lissette Hernandez, the daughter of the woman killed, told the Tribune. "It's nowhere near enough time to justify what he did."
Aguilera's blood-alcohol content was 0.24 and he had cocaine in his system when he crashed into an SUV March 29, 2009, killing Angelina Meza-Hernandez, 57, according to Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Santini.
Two others were seriously injured in the crash, Meza-Hernandez's sister, Margarita Rios, 63, and brother, David Meza, 45.
They each required surgeries and physical therapy to help recover.
Meza-Hernandez died before she could meet her grandchild, and Hernandez feels the loss not having her mother around the house anymore.
“Now it’s lonely, quiet and filled with sadness,” said Hernandez.