“Bloodiest” guitarist charged in fatal DUI crash

seanrileyFrom a report by Rummana Hussain for the Chicago Sun-Times:

A guitarist for popular local band Bloodiest was ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bail Tuesday for allegedly running over and killing a pedestrian while driving drunk.

Six hours after Sean Patrick Riley hit 55-year-old Jose Serrano in the 2700 block of North Avenue Sunday night, his blood alcohol level measured at .161 — twice the state’s legal .08 limit, Cook County prosecutors said.

Riley initially refused to take a field sobriety test a half-hour after the 8:24 p.m. accident, according to a police report.

But he submitted to a Breathalyzer around 3:30 a.m., the report said.

When an officer asked Riley if he had been drinking that night, Riley allegedly said, “I’ve had a few.”

An off-duty Chicago Police officer who was driving eastbound on North Avenue saw Riley hit Serrano with his truck while Serrano was in the crosswalk, walking southbound on the street, Assistant State’s Attorney Glen Runk said.

Riley, who also was driving eastbound on North Avenue, didn’t appear to apply the brakes of his car or swerve out of the way of Serrano as he traveled 40 miles per hour, Runk said.

Riley, 33, pulled over on Talman Avenue in a “dazed physical state” and was seen walking toward Serrano, who was lying on the street, the police report said.

When officers arrived, they smelled alcohol on Riley’s breath, Runk said.

Riley, who has a driver’s license from Montana, also allegedly was slurring his speech and had bloodshot eyes.

He had no insurance when he was behind the wheel, Runk said.

Serrano, of the 2100 block of west 52nd Street, suffered a broken leg, broken foot, broken arm and died from massive head trauma, Runk said…

Bloodiest describes itself on Facebook as “scaring the goofy sunglasses and mustaches right off of the hipsters. The singer is possessed. Guitars. F— yeah.”

The band was a runner-up for best metal band in The Reader’s “Best of Chicago” issue last year.

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