Waukegan man charged with driving car into 5 people, killing man after argument: police

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A man was arrested and charged Friday after police said he drove his car into a group of people, killing one man.

Prisciliano Carranza, 22, was charged with first-degree murder and was held on a $5 million bond, according to police.

Chief of Police Wayne Walles said officers responded to a call around 11:40 p.m. Friday at the Lake County Sports Center parking lot in the 300 block of Oakwood Street after a soccer game.

Upon arrival, police located five people that had been struck by a vehicle.

A father in his 40s, later identified Jose Ochoa-Martinez, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The preliminary autopsy results indicate he died of blunt force injuries caused by a motor vehicle.

His sons, two teen boys,  and a 10-year-old girl were also involved in the incident. The boys were transported to the hospital with moderate injuries; the girl was not transported. The three were related to the man who died.

A fifth person, a man in his 20s, was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries, police said.

As police continued their investigation, a patrol officer spotted a black 2010 GMC with front-end damage and conducted a traffic stop. There were three people inside the SUV.

The three were taken to the police station and one of the occupants was identified as the driver of the suspected vehicle who drove into the group.

Police said an altercation happened in the parking lot of the sports center as a game was ending. The situation reportedly escalated when Carranza drove the SUV into the group of people.

“Car took off, “ a witness told us. “He didn’t think twice about it. It just took off and left.”

A witness and an employee at the indoor soccer center say it was likely over a woman who was at the game.

Carranza is due in court Oct. 29. He has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held on a $5 million bond.

Authorities say the four others who were struck should survive their injuries. The father who was killed has not been identified at this time.

The Lake County coroner scheduled an autopsy for Monday.

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