Bond was set at $1 million for the truck driver charged in Monday’s I-55 crash that killed four people.
51-year-old Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, of Leesburg, Ind, is charged with false recording of commercial driver records and a Class 4 felony of failure to maintain record of duty status.
The prosecutor said they could also up the charges as the investigation continues to reckless homicide.
Espinal-Quiroz indicated to police officers that while his log book said he started at 6:15 a.m. or 6:30 a.m., he really started at 2:30 a.m. - which would have put him on the road about 12 hours.
Witnesses say he was going 15 over posted construction speed limit which was 45 mph when the crash happened around 2:30 Monday afternoon. Witnesses tell police the truck showed no signs of breaking.
Espinal-Quiroz has no prior felonies or misdemeanors but has a total of 12 prior driving infractions between 1991 and 2013. These included speeding, driving without proper commercial license.
Espinal-Quiroz was working for himself as a private contractor.
The Will County coroner’s office said the four killed were Ulrike P. Blopeh, 48, of Channahon; Vicky L. Palacios, 54, of Coal City; Kimberly K. Britton, 43, of Urbana; and Piper Britton, 11, also of Urbana.
Those killed in the accident ranged in age from 54 to 11-years-old. The Blopleh family was on their way home to Channahon in their minivan after a day of picking blueberries.
“Ullie what you need to know is she was a mother and a mother and that was her number one role in life,” said family friend Steve Flynn. “Her husband told me yesterday she was the home.”
Along with being a mother, Ulli Blopleh was also a dedicated church volunteer. Her 16-year-old daughter was at the wheel, two of her three sons were also with her. 10-year-old Andre is still in the hospital recovering.
A family spokesperson says the family is leaning on friends and faith to help them through this difficult time.
The spokesperson also says they have no ill will toward the driver prosecutors say caused the accident.