Betsaid Isidro, a 19-year old from Chicago, has been charged with four counts of reckless homicide after the car he was driving crashed into the Harlem Avenue side of Starbucks, 7201 Lake St., on Aug. 9 at 12:48 a.m., killing the four passengers inside the vehicle. These charges were approved by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Felony Review Unit after it was determined Isidro was driving at a speed in excess of 90 MPH prior to the crash.
He was also charged and cited for speeding 35+ MPH over the speed limit as well as “numerous” other Illinois Vehicle Code violations, including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a press release from the village of River Forest on Aug. 21.
Isidro was issued a $4 million bond by a Cook County judge.
The four passengers in the car at the time died, two on the scene and two at Loyola Hospital after succumbing to their injuries. According to the medical examiner, the deceased are Javier Martinez (20), Wendy Salgado (20), Christian Isidro (21) and Astrid Reyes (19).
Isidro was transported to Gottlieb Hospital after the crash for non-life-threatening injuries.
The investigation into the crash revealed that an altercation between the occupants of Isidro’s vehicle and another vehicle took place at a gas station on the 2100 block of Harlem Avenue in Elmwood Park. Both vehicles left that gas station at a high rate of speed, travelling south on Harlem Avenue until Isidro lost control and struck Starbucks.
The other vehicle continued to drive southbound on Harlem Avenue, but investigators learned the identity of the driver, Jeffry Estrada, a 19-year-old from Chicago. He was arrested and taken into custody on Aug. 18 and charged with reckless driving, speeding 35 MPH over the speed limit, and “numerous other Illinois Vehicle Code violations,” according to the press release.
“This was an extremely tragic and unnecessary event, which resulted in the loss of four young adults,” said River Forest Chief of Police James O’Shea in the release. “Speed and other reckless actions do kill and I would ask the motoring public to follow state traffic laws and exercise caution on our roadways. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families, friends, and any others impacted by this heartbreaking incident.”