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By Mike Sandrolini
Charges have been filed in a Valentine’s Day morning crash near 9th Avenue and Wilcox Street that resulted in the deaths of a 26-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman who were brother and sister.
Police said Maywood resident Janay C. Hatley, 24, has been charged with two counts of aggravated DUI/accidental death, and two counts of reckless homicide. Hatley appeared in court last Friday, where bond was set at $200,000.
The crash occurred at around 3:48 a.m. Feb. 14. According to police, Hatley was driving a 2004 GMC Envoy at a high rate of speed northbound on 9th Avenue when she collided with the victims’ vehicle as it was backing out of their driveway onto 9th Avenue.
The car that was struck was a People’s Cab vehicle driven by 26-year-old Martrail Shelton. Police said Shelton was picking up his sister, 22-year-old Charlaine, in order to take her to work. Both were Maywood residents.
Police said arriving officers discovered the vehicle with Martrail and Charlaine still inside in the northbound lane of 9th Avenue and another vehicle unoccupied in the southbound lane of 9th Avenue. According to police, Maywood Fire Department Personnel responded and transported Martrail and Charlaine to Loyola University Medical Center, where both victims later succumbed to their injuries.
“It was uncalled for,” said Police Chief Val Talley. “Three lives—two die and this young woman could have made choice to stay where she was. She will have to live with this rest for the rest of her life.”
Talley said Hatley’s exact blood-alcohol level isn’t known at this time, but “it was elevated beyond the .08 (legal) limit that’s part of investigation that’s pending so we’re waiting for that.”