Van Plows Into Crowd; One Dead, Six Injured

On Monday, July 3, 2006 at 10:30 p.m., Belvidere Police and Fire Departments responded to the 1900 block of Davis Drive for a traffic accident of car versus pedestrians. Upon the officers’ arrival, seven pedestrians were found lying on the roadway. All seven victims had been struck by an eastbound 1992 GMC van driven by Kristy M. Villanueva, DOB 11/14/78. The following victims were transported by Lifeline Ambulance, Lifeline Helicopter and REACT Helicopter to Saint Anthony Hospital and Rockford Memorial Hospital:

Armando Avila 35 Belvidere
Guadalupe Rojas 34 Belvidere
Anita Martinez 43 Belvidere (Deceased)
Guadalupe Rojas 8 Belvidere
Jose Armando Avila Jr. 12 Belvidere
Robert Millikan 12 Belvidere
Brenda Avila 10 Belvidere

Kristi M. Villanueva is charged with Reckless Homicide and Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and is lodged in the Boone County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond. Reckless Homicide is a Class 3 Felony, punishable by 2 – 5 years in the Department of Corrections.

The investigation is ongoing by the Belvidere Police Department and a Boone County Sheriff’s Department Accident Reconstructionist.