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Heroin use a possible factor in car accident that kills pedestrian in Waukegan


Aaron Stoen

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Updated: December 27, 2013 2:15AM

A Wisconsin man who allegedly was driving after using heroin was charged with reckless homicide on Friday after his vehicle struck two pedestrians on Waukegan’s north side, leaving one of them fatally injured.

Waukegan Police reported on Saturday that 26-year-old Aaron B. Stoen of Twin Lakes was being held on $500,000 bond the morning after his vehicle left the roadway near Sunset Avenue and Oneida Road and hit the two victims.

According to reports, the incident occurred Friday around 12:30 p.m. and was responded to by personnel from the Waukegan police and fire departments. Both victims were described as seriously injured, and one was transported via Flight for Life to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville, while the second was transported to Condell by the Waukegan Rescue Squad.

Police report that “investigators discovered a small amount of what appeared to be heroin and drug paraphernalia in Stoen’s vehicle. Stoen subsequently provided a statement indicating that he used heroin prior to the accident but remembered nothing of the incident.” The report added that Stoen “suffered only minimal injury.”

One of the victims, a male, reportedly died early Saturday due to injuries suffered in the incident. His name was withheld Saturday afternoon pending notification by the Lake County Coroner’s office. Police report that the second victim is expected to survive.

Police say Stoen’s driving privileges in Illinois and Wisconsin were revoked at the time of the accident due to DUI-related offenses. In Friday’s incident, he was charged with one count of reckless homicide, two counts of aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm, one count of aggravated DUI causing death and various other traffic and drug-related offenses.

Stoen was remanded to Lake County Jail following an appearance in bond court on Saturday. His next court date is scheduled for Nov. 15.

Stoen was already known to regional law enforcement for his involvement in a February 2011 incident in which he was arrested in connection with a woman’s heroin overdose near Volo.

In that incident, Lake County Sheriff’s Police reported that Stoen was the driver of a vehicle pulled over near Routes 60 and 120 following a report of a drunken driver, and a 22-year-old female inside the vehicle was found unconscious.

According to police, 12 bags of heroin were found inside the vehicle along with naloxone, a drug used to counter the effects of an overdose. Stoen allegedly told police he was a firefighter/paramedic with the Kenosha Fire Department and that he was preparing to inject the woman with the naloxone.

Police report Stoen was determined to be lying about his employment, and he was charged with with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, aggravated driving under the influence of drugs, and false impersonation of a firefighter.

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