A Round Lake Beach man wanted in connection with a crash that murdered two women was arrested aboard a bus over the weekend as he allegedly tried to flee the country, Lake County authorities said Tuesday, July 9.
Victor H. Ortiz, 51, of the 1400 block of Kildeer Drive, is charged with two counts of reckless homicide and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol for the June 8 crash in Fremont Township, according to a statement from the Lake County sheriff’s office.
Ortiz was behind the wheel of a Ford E350 van shortly after 9 p.m June 8 while driving across a highway median before hitting oncoming traffic, he hit the driver’s side of a northbound Honda Odyssey driven by a 42-year-old man from Hainesville, according to the sheriff’s office. But soon after, crashed into 56-year-old Barbara Gaulke and her friend, 64-year-old Sandra Forscht.
While Ortiz and the man sustained injuries and were taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Gaulke and Forscht were pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
Investigators revealed that Ortiz was drunk at the time of the deadly crash. An arrest warrant was issued for him the next day.
Investigators received information that Ortiz was a passenger on a charter bus departing from Chicago to Texas and eventually Guatemala at 1:30 p.m. on June 29, authorities said.
Chicago police pulled the bus over near I-57 and 111th Street and took Ortiz into custody, the sheriff’s office reported.
A law enforcement official revealed to Breitbart News that Ortiz had initially entered the United States as an illegal alien before he became a naturalized American citizen.