Wisconsin man Stoen pleads not guilty in Waukegan reckless homicide case
By Jim Newton email@example.com | @JimNewton5 December 5, 2013 12:40PM
Aaron B. Stoen | Waukegan police photo
Updated: February 4, 2014 2:37AM
A Twin Lakes, Wis. man pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to aggravated DUI, reckless homicide and other charges related to his allegedly striking and killing one Waukegan pedestrian and injuring another while driving under the influence of heroin.
Aaron Stoen, 26, has remained in Lake County Jail on $500,000 bond since his arrest.
Waukegan police said Stoen’s vehicle left the roadway near Sunset Avenue and Oneida Road and hit the two victims at about 12:30 p.m. Oct. 26.
Both victims were described as seriously injured, and one, a male, died after being taken to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville, while the second, also taken to Condell, survived and is expected to recover.
Police said that “investigators discovered a small amount of what appeared to be heroin and drug paraphernalia” in Stoen’s vehicle, and that he subsequently provided a statement indicating that he “used heroin prior to the accident but remembered nothing of the incident.”
Police said Stoen’s driving privileges in Illinois and Wisconsin were revoked at the time of the accident due to DUI-related offenses.
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 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.