Driver Charged in Fatal Accident
Keith M. Stanislaus faces two felony counts in connection with the crash that killed Ryan Perina, authorities said.
The 21-year-old Yorkville driver in last week’s fatal accident remained in jail Thursday morning, unable to post $25,000 after being charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence.
Authorities charged Keith M. Stanislaus, of the 500 block of Yellowstone Lane in Yorkville with the two felonies connected with being drunk when the 1999 Honda Accord he was driving hit several trees and broke a utility pole off Kennedy Road near McHugh Road. The crash happened at about 12:40 a.m. April 26.
Ryan Perina, 21, of Yorkville, died on the scene, while Stanislaus and a 20-year-old front-seat passenger were injured.
Perina was remembered as a tough athlete and friend eager to help others and make them laugh. The 2009 Yorkville High School graduate competed on the wrestling team for four years and played on the school's baseball team for two years.
On Wednesday, Stanislaus’ bail was set at $250,000, with 10 percent required to be posted for his release while the case is pending. If convicted of either felony, Stanislaus could be sentenced to probation or to up to 14 years in prison.
Police found Stanislaus outside the vehicle with slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol, court records indicate. Police also found a broken bottle of rum and a metal pipe at the scene, court records indicate.
Hospital workers told police that Stanislaus’ blood-alcohol level from a blood sample medical personnel took was 0.19 percent, court records indicate. The legal driving limit is 0.08 percent.
Yorkville Deputy Police Chief Larry Hilt said Thursday morning that police had not yet received results from the blood draw associated with their investigation. Police also were awaiting results from a state police accident reconstruction.
Stanislaus is serving a year of court supervision for misdemeanor consumption of liquor by a minor, court records show. The case stemmed from an incident on March 13, 2011, in the 14200 block of Anderson Road, court records show.