Released from hospital, driver charged in Crystal Lake crash that paralyzed homeowner


CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — A man is now facing felony charges over a summer crash that paralyzed a Crystal Lake grandfather.

Police said they intended to charge the 27-year-old man behind the wheel, Connor Kirkpatrick, who was hospitalized due to injuries from the crash.

Now discharged, police said Kirkpatrick turned himself over to authorities.

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He faces charges of aggravated reckless driving, reckless conduct and criminal damage to property over $100,000.

Police allege an SUV driven by Kirkpatrick was heading eastbound on Ballard Road when it left the roadway and struck a garage and residence in the 100 block of Heather Drive. The vehicle went airborne, crashing into the second floor of the home.

Angelo Pleotis, 64, was inside the residence, taking a shower during the moment of impact.

A GoFundMe has raised nearly $100,00 of its $250,000 goal.

Kirkpatrick is due in court on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

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