JOLIET, Ill. – A Leesburg truck driver involved in a crash that killed five people on an interstate southwest of Chicago has been charged with 15 counts of reckless homicide, according to the Associated Press.
The indictment also alleges 51-year-old Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, Leesburg, had physical conditions preventing him from driving safely, including a complete loss of vision in one eye.
The AP reported the Will County state’s attorney’s office announced the new charges Thursday.
According to ABC Channel 7, killed were: Kimberly K. Britton, 43, Urbana, Ill.; Piper Britton, 11, Urbana; Vicky L. Palacios, 54, Coal City, Ill.; Ulrike P. Blopleh, 48, Channahon, Ill.; and Timothy Osburn, 74, Urbana.
Earlier charges accused Espinal-Quiroz of falsifying entries in a logbook tracking the number of hours spent behind the wheel. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.
The crash took place July 22 on Interstate 55 near Channahon. The semi-truck struck several vehicles stopped in a construction zone.
Espinal-Quiroz faces six to 28 years in prison if convicted of reckless homicide, a Class 2 felony, according to ABC 7.
Espinal-Quiroz is being held at Will County Jail on a $1 million bond.
His arraignment is Sept. 9.