Cicero Police Announce the Arrest of Eric Cabada in Connection with Two Vehicle Crash Fatalities

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The Cicero Police Department announces the arrest of Eric Cabada, 24 years old of Berwyn, Illinois, in connection with the deaths of Eric J. Solano of Cicero, 30 years old, and Steve Alvarado-Nandi of Little Village Chicago, 29 years old. On February 18th, 2024, at approximately 1:46 AM, Officers responded to a traffic crash with injuries at 16th Street and 61st Court.  When officers arrived, they observed a major crash with significant damage to multiple vehicles.  Police and witnesses observed Cabada attempting to flee from his SUV but officers were able to detain Cabada.  Two male victims, later identified to be Solano and Alvarado-Nandi, were observed on the roadway unresponsive. Both had been ejected from their vehicle during the collision and did not survive their injuries. The West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (WESTAF) Major Crash Unit was requested and assisted Cicero Detectives in the investigation. 

It was determined that the vehicle operated by Cabada was traveling at high speed northbound on 61st Court in the 1600 block, which is a residential street with a speed limit of 20 MPH. Cabada’s vehicle entered the intersection of West 16th Street and 61st Court without stopping or slowing down and violently struck the victims’ vehicle, which had been traveling eastbound on West 16th Street at 61st Court. Cabada sustained a minor injury due to the crash. As a result of the investigation, Cabada was identified as the driver and sole occupant of his SUV.  The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and approved two counts of Reckless Homicide.  All further inquiries should be referred to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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