Police: Woman charged with running over daughter
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE July 23, 2012 1:06PM
Yvette Y. Guerrero-Silva | Photo courtesy of Crete police
Updated: August 25, 2012 6:08AM
STEGER — A 40-year-old woman was driving under the influence of alcohol last week when she backed a minivan over her 19-month-old daughter, killing the girl, police said.
Yvette Y. Guerrero-Silva, 40, of Steger was being held on $1 million bail after being charged with aggravated DUI, Crete police said.
At about 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, police and fire crews responded to the 1100 block of Main Street in Crete and found Holly Silva injured. She was taken to St. James Hospital and Health Centers in Chicago Heights, where she was pronounced dead at 7:41 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
An autopsy Thursday determined Holly died of multiple injuries from a minivan striking a pedestrian, and her death was ruled an accident, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Police said Guerrero-Silva was attempting to back a vehicle down the driveway when she inadvertently backed over her daughter, who was playing near the vehicle.
In a statement given to police at the scene, Guerrero-Silva admitted consuming several alcoholic beverages just before the accident, police said. Initial results of a blood test at St. James Hospital showed she was above the allowed limit for driving.
Police also said Guerrero-Silva was driving while her license was suspended.
The Will County state’s attorney’s office recommended two felony counts of aggravated DUI, and bail was set at $1 million, police said. Guerrero-Silva is being held in the Will County Jail, with additional charges expected, pending results of toxicology tests, police said.