HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — A man charged in a crash that killed a teen couple from Hoffman Estates told police he was drinking alcohol and using cocaine before the deadly crash, according to a court document.
Deni Rubio, 32, of Elgin, has been charged in connection with Saturday’s deadly crash. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged him with two counts of aggravated DUI resulting in death of another person, two counts of reckless homicide and one count of trying to disarm a police officer.
The two had graduated from Schaumburg High School last month.
On Monday, prosecutors said Rubio was driving at a high rate of speed before the crash. They also said he was driving eastbound on Higgins Road, which had a red light, but he got into the left turn lane and went straight through the intersection.
Rubio then hit the car Mazeikis and Tudela were in and caused them to hit another car.
Officers found him and his car off the road and in a grassy area, prosecutors said.
According to a bond proffer, Rubio resisted officers, grabbed both of an officer’s firearm magazines and tried to get ahold of their gun. It took nine officers and the deployment of a stun gun for Rubio to be placed into custody.
Rubio was taken to a hospital where a blood alcohol test found he had a BAC of .136%, according to the proffer.
An officer found a substance that tested positive for cocaine and fentanyl in Rubio’s pants pocket, according to the proffer.
When he was interviewed after he was released from the hospital, Rubio admitted he was involved in the crash and thought he had a green light but wasn’t sure, according to the proffer. He also admitted to drinking alcohol and using cocaine in the morning before the crash.
His bond was set at $2 million and he is due back in court on July 7.
The state’s attorney’s office said they also filed a violation of bail on a pending aggravated unlawful use of a weapon case.
Krystal Tudela, D’Shaun’s mom, said she is trying not to shut down.
“And my partner said it too, ‘Perhaps it was just their time,'” Krystal said. “It shouldn’t have been their time.”
Krystal said her son was involved in church and volunteering, loved woodworking and cooking and was artistic.
“Overall a great big brother, a great son,” Trudela said.
She spoke directly to Rubio during an interview with WGN-TV.
“That fact that you hit that car that hard, at God knows what speed and now two vibrant children are gone,” Krystal said.
Grief counselors are available at Schaumburg High School to help students.