An Aurora woman serving a fifteen year prison sentence for causing a crash in 2007 that killed five teens and seriously injuring three others has been admitted to a work release program, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.
37-year-old Sandra Vasquez was convicted in 2010 in Kendall County of aggravated DUI and reckless homicide. Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weis says that it's normal as people get close to the end of their sentences to be moved into work release programs. His office does not have a say in it.
Prosecutors said that Vasquez had been drinking at a party in February of 2007 when she agreed to give a ride home to eight teens who were there. All nine people were crammed into Vasquez's five seat car. Vasquez was southbound on Route 31 near River Road in Oswego when she lost control and crashed into a utility pole, killing five of the teens and injuring three.
Vasquez was said to be driving too fast and had a blood alcohol content of .101 at the time of the crash. Prosecutors said that Vasquez admitted to driving the vehicle during the crash in a taped interview.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a comment from Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weis.