Mathew J. Cage of Aurora, Illinois is accused of driving under the influence and causing a car crash on March 9 that left one dead in south suburban Markham.
Cage, 34, is charged with aggravated DUI. His bond was set at $50,000 on Sunday. The press did not name an attorney for him. His next court date is set for Tuesday.
According to a statement from Illinois State Police, Cage was driving a Chevrolet SUV north on Interstate 57 at around 3 a.m. Saturday when he rear-ended a Markham fire engine that was parked on the left shoulder of the highway to assist an accident that occurred earlier that night.
Cage’s passenger, identified as Andrew Lee, 32, of Chicago, suffered serious injuries. He was taken to Christ Medical Center where he died an hour later, state police said. An autopsy conducted by the Cook County medical examiner’s office found Lee’s death was caused by multiple injuries sustained during the crash. His death was ruled an accident.
Cage is in critical condition. He was also taken to Christ Medical Center, where he remains hospitalized in police custody, according to state police. A Markham firefighter was also taken to the same hospital with minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.
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