A South Elgin man was sentenced Friday, March 8, for texting and driving offenses that resulted in a 2016 Yorkville crash that left one passenger dead and two others badly injured.
Kyle A. Delhaye, 22, of the 1500 block of Exeter Lane in South Elgin, was convicted of aggravated unlawful use of an electronic device and unlawful use of an electronic communication device following a bench trial in December.
Delhaye was sentenced to 180 days in the Kendall County Jail, 30 months of felony probation and 120 hours of public service work that must include work in a morgue, along with additional court costs and fines by Judge Robert Pilmer after a contested sentencing hearing Friday, according to a Tuesday news release from the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s office.
Delhaye, who was driving a work-issued 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck at more than 60 mph on Route 47, was texting another person just before and during the crash. Police recovered deleted text messages from Delhaye’s cell phone that were time stamped just prior to and at the time of the crash.
Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis said the total fines and court costs Delhaye also must pay includes a $3,200 for fines, $449 for court costs, a $50 state’s attorney fee for the trial and $1,200 in assessments per statute.
Weis said the requirement to work in the coroner’s office or a morgue is more common with drunk driving or other DUI cases, since the laws making texting and driving illegal are still relatively new. He said he’s even seen similar sentences for high speed cases to show what happens when offenders either put people at risk or actually hurt or killed someone.
“If it involves a person at young age, usually, and involves an issue where it causes or could have caused injury to someone, it’s not that uncommon of a thing,” Weis said.
Ashley Lopez, 23, of the 400 block of Abe Street, Plano, was killed when the vehicle she was riding in was struck by a vehicle driven by Delhaye near the corner of Route 47 and Corneils Road on Oct. 11, 2016. She was a rear passenger in a 2008 Nissan Altima stopped in traffic on Route 47 when a 2016 Chevy Silverado pickup truck, which was driven by Delhaye, hit the back of the Nissan.
Lopez was crushed between the rear and front seats and was killed almost instantly, the release said. She was pronounced dead after being transported to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
Lopez’s mother Selma Martinez, the driver of the Altima, and Lopez’s younger sister Angela, another passenger in the Altima – both of Plano – were treated for injuries from the crash.