Man charged with aggravated DUI in crash that badly injured woman

Man charged with aggravated DUI in crash that badly injured woman

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of gravely injuring a woman in a drunken driving crash in front of the police station is in the Champaign County Jail.

Victor Reynoso-Put, 38, of the first block of Sandalwood Drive, was charged Thursday in Champaign County Circuit Court with aggravated driving under the influence in connection with a crash at 10:30 Wednesday night on North First Street in Champaign.

Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said Reynoso-Put was driving north when he crashed into a parked car near the police station. He then backed up to leave and apparently ran over Helen Gordon, 56.

Clark said a Champaign police officer heard the initial crash, then saw Reynoso-Put drive another two blocks to the north before running his minivan into a tree. Police then found Gordon unconscious.

Officer Jody Cherry reported Reynoso-Put got out of the van and was so intoxicated that he could not stand up.

Clark said preliminary information on Gordon was that she sustained a broken spine and bleeding in the brain. She remained at Carle Hospital on Thursday but officials had no information on her condition.

Clark did not have information from police on where Gordon is from but said police believe she works at a hair salon in the 200 block of North First Street.

Reynoso-Put agreed to submit to a blood-alcohol test at Carle but the results were not available yet, the prosecutor said.

Reynoso-Put was charged with three counts of aggravated driving under the influence. One alleges he caused great bodily harm to Gordon; the others allege that he was driving without a valid license and without liability insurance. If convicted of the great bodily harm count, he faces one to 12 years in prison.

Speaking to Reynoso-Put through a Spanish translator, Judge John Kennedy set his bond at $500,000 and told him to be back in court April 23.

Kennedy appointed the public defender's office to represent Reynoso-Put. The judge also ordered that his passport, which says he is a citizen of Guatemala, be held by police.

Assistant Public Defender Tony Allegretti said Reynoso-Put has lived in Champaign for three years, works at a restaurant and has one child.

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Ellen wrote on April 17, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Let me get this straight...Number one..he has lived here three years and he needed a translator?..Number was set at $500,000 and he was told to return to court April 23 and that he be relieved of his passport. I am assuming the judge thinks this man will be able to post $50,000 bail. He works at a restaurant, can't speak English and is not even a US citizen, yet he could possibly be able to post this kind of bond? And last but certaily not least, he is facing one to twelve years in prison and that is for the bodily harm injury alone. Pretty paltry sentence for breaking this woman's spine and causing a brain bleed which is NEVER good.

I am just shaking my head.

rch wrote on April 17, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Nobody can assume that this man does or does not speak English. He has a right to have an interpreter present at court. The vocabulary used in a court setting can be difficult for even a native English speaker to understand and the court has to be sure that he understands the proceedings, otherwise they are giving his attorney grounds for a future appeal.

This is an extremely sad situation for all involved and I hope the victim has a full and speedy recovery.


LeslieM wrote on April 21, 2014 at 1:04 am

its funny he gets arrested for DUI, but the lady that got drunk ran into mcdonald's with no valid license and the possiblility she could have killed someone gets a couple of tickets. HMMMMM thats alittle strange don't ya think?