Mom charged with DUI after running over baby daughter

Yvette Y. Guerrero-Silva (Will County Sheriff / July 20, 2012)

A 40-year-old Steger woman who allegedly drove over her child in Crete Wednesday evening was booked into the Will County Adult Detention Facility today on two counts of aggravated DUI.

Yvette Y. Guerrero-Silva of the 400 block of Richton Road is charged with aggravated DUI leading to the death of another - a Class 2 felony - and aggravated DUI causing injury to another - a Class 4 felony. Bond was set at $1 million, police said.

Crete police said Guerrero-Silva was backing out of the driveway of a family business on the 1100 block of Main Street around 7:10 p.m. Wednesday when the vehicle rolled over Holly Silva, causing massive head injuries to the 19-month-old, who had been playing in the immediate area.

Responding paramedics transported Holly to St. James Hospital and Health Centers in Chicago Heights, where she was pronounced dead at 7:41 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

An autopsy Thursday determined she died of multiple injuries, and her death was ruled an accident.

Paoletti, in a prepared statement, said Guerrero-Silva admitted at the scene to consuming several alcoholic beverages just prior to the accident. Initial results of a blood test at St. James Hospital indicated her blood-alcohol content exceeded the state maximum for driving, he said.

Paoletti said additional charges were expected, pending results of toxicology tests.

If convicted of the death-related charge, Guerrero-Silva could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison. The injury-only charge carries a sentencing range of up to three years in prison.

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