$250K bond for Burr Ridge teen in fatal wrong-way crash
Updated: May 20, 2013 2:21AM
A Burr Ridge teen who allegedly had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit when he drove the wrong way and crashed his SUV head-on into a car, killing the other driver, was ordered held on a $250,000 bond Thursday.
John Anagnopoulos, 64, of the 15400 block of Sunset Ridge Drive in Orland Park, died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn shortly after the crash, which took place just after 3 a.m. Tuesday in the 10500 block of La Grange Road in Palos Township, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff’s office said.
Anagnopoulos was driving a 2002 Nissan Sentra in the northbound lanes when his car was hit by a 2002 GMC Denali driven by 19-year-old Nicholas Puccinelli, sheriff’s police said. Puccinelli was driving south in the northbound lanes when the crash happened.
Puccinelli, of Burr Ridge, was initially taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. He was charged Wednesday with aggravated DUI and allegedly had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit.
On Thursday, Judge Carmen Aguilar ordered Puccinelli held on a $250,000 bond, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said. He will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on March 25.
Eleni Sweis of Oak Forest said her father was driving to his job as a short order cook at the 47th Street Grill in Lyons when the accident took place. He had worked as a cook since coming from his native Greece in 1965.
He went back to Greece to marry his wife, Tina. Together, they raised two daughters and a son. They have three grandchildren, and two more are due this year, Sweis said. She and her sister are both pregnant.
Besides working at the grill five days a week, Anagnopoulos worked on weekends as a cook at the Rolling Lanes Bowling Center in Countryside, she said.