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 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.

, 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.

Mike May 07, 2012 at 08:18 PM
What a sad statement you're making, Kathy. I hope to God you aren't advising anyone in this field. It's excuse after excuse after excuse. "Mr. Stanislaus was NOT the only person in the car drinking" - WHO CARES?! HE WAS THE ONE DUMB ENOUGH TO DRIVE! "...granted he was the unfortunate one because he was driving..." - ARE YOU FOR REAL!? HE IS THE UNFORTUNATE ONE?! "I am sure before Mr. Stanislaus starting hanging with the wrong crowd he had many accomplishments too." - MR. STANISLAUS IS THE VICTIM? I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU COULD EVEN BE SERIOUS! AAAAH, YES, THE AGE OLD 'BAD INFLUENCES' HAVE GOTTEN ANOTHER ONE OF OUR FINE YOUTH! "To put someone in prision when all parties were responsible is sad. His llife will be ruined at such a young age." - HMMM, WHERE WERE YOU WHEN SANDRA VASQUEZ NEEDED SOMEONE IN HER CORNER? OH, THAT'S RIGHT, THAT'S DIFFERENT, BECAUSE...WAIT, HOW IS THAT DIFFERENT? OH, RIGHT, SHE'S MEXICAN. GROW UP KATHY, HE DID IT TO HIMSELF. STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR HIM. HE IS NOT THE VICTIM.
Jesus May 18, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Mike you are so right. This forgive and forget mentality only perpetuates the reckless behave that usually leave in its wake the suffering of others. Here is a prime example… On October 10, 2005, Mike Donovan’s 23-year-old daughter, Nicole, and 4-year-old grandson, Devin, were killed in a horrific car crash. On their way home from Mike’s house, a man with a chronic history of speeding lost control of his speeding Ferrari and hit them head-on in their lane. The Ferrari continued out of control, hitting an SUV traveling behind Nicole with so much force that the Ferrari split in half. The 27-year-old driver of the Ferrari, who also died, had a history of 60 tickets — 28 for speeding — and still had a valid license. Just 10 days before the crash, the man stood before a judge charged with “fleeing and eluding the police, speeding, disobeying stop signs, and not using turn signals.” He was given supervision. We always seem to assume the living and in this case young mister Keith M. Stanislaus will feel remorse for their deeds and that’s just not always true. What is true is that Ryan Perina only 21 years of age will never feel anything ever again.
Jennifer January 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Mike- wow. I can't believe some of the things you said, but the shocker was to say Sandra is Mexican implying no one was in her corner because of that. I think both accidents are tragedies for all parties involved. Most of the population has had a drink and gotten into a car. And most have driven after drinking. It could have happened to anyone. In this case, Keith just happened to be driving, the other 2 knew Keith had been drinking, but still got in the car. I'm not saying what happened is justified, I'm just saying all 3 know right from wrong. It was an accident. A very, very, sad accident, and all parties and family and friends are now suffering, including Keith.
Jennifer January 10, 2013 at 10:08 PM
And Jesus, your example is very different from this accident. That man has many, many priors. Keith does not.
justin January 27, 2013 at 05:27 PM
He might have been the one driving but the others knew that he had been drInkIng and they still got in the car with him. So its equally there fault too


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