County Health Executive Charged with DUI in Cyclist’s Death

Executive Discretion

COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE —extralarge

An executive of the county’s health system was charged with drunken driving in the crash that killed a cyclist in North Lawndale Friday night.

Robert Vais, 54, was ordered held on $400,000 bail Sunday.

Vais was charged in the death of Hector Avalos, a 28-year-old former Marine, who was riding his bike in the 2500 block of West Ogden Avenue on the way home from work when he was hit by a van about 11:50 p.m., authorities and family said.

According to a police report, as Avalos lay in the street, Vais walked up to officers and said, “I was the driver of that van over there. I hit him. Is he OK?”

Avalos was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:38 a.m. Saturday.

Prosecutors said Vais had a blood alcohol content of .118, above the legal limit of .08.

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One Response to County Health Executive Charged with DUI in Cyclist’s Death

  1. Jon Boyer says:

    Didn’t any of his co-workers or family see this coming?

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