Bond Set at $500,000 for Geneva Resident in Fatal DUI Crash in Aurora

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NIcholas Roepke, charged with Aggravated DUI Causing Death (SOURCE: DuPage County State's Attorney's Office)
NIcholas Roepke, charged with Aggravated DUI Causing Death (SOURCE: DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office).

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Aurora Chief of Police Keith Cross announced today that bond has been set for a Geneva man charged with crashing into a vehicle on the side of the roadway killing one man and seriously injuring another. Nicholas Roepke, 29 (d.o.b. 8/8/ 1992) of the 0N200 block of Dooley, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Michael Reidy set bond at $500,000 with 10% to apply. Roepke has been charged with one count of Aggravated DUI Causing Death (Class 2 Felony), one count of Aggravated DUI Causing Great Bodily Harm (Class 4 Felony) and two counts of Misdemeanor DUI.

On March 7, 2022, at approximately 7:40 p.m., officers with the Aurora Police Department responded to a crash on northbound Eola Road. Upon their arrival, officers found the victim, seventy-three-year-old Willie Mosley, of Maywood, suffering from serious injuries. Mosley was immediately transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. An investigation into the crash found that Mosley and another individual had stopped on the road and, with the assistance of a good samaritan who pulled over to help, were reloading a refrigerator onto a pickup truck that had fallen off the truck. It is alleged that as the men were loading the refrigerator onto the truck, a vehicle, later determined to be driven by Roepke, crashed into the truck pinning Mosley between the vehicle and the truck and injuring the two other men. The man traveling with Mosley sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment. The man who pulled over to assist was taken to a hospital for medical attention where he remains in stable condition. Roepke was transported to a local hospital for medical attention to minor injuries and was subsequently released to the Aurora Police Department pending charges. It is alleged that Roepke’s BAC was .214 shortly after the crash.

“The complete disregard for the safety of the motoring public allegedly displayed by Mr. Roepke as he operated a motor vehicle with a BAC nearly three times the legal limit will not be tolerated in DuPage County. Driving is a privilege, not a right and if the charges against Mr. Roepke are proven true, he will face significant consequences. To the family and friends of Mr. Mosley, I offer my sincere condolences on their loss. I commend the Aurora Police Department for their work not only in this case but for their continued efforts in keeping our roadways safe. I thank the members of the Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigative Team Major Crash Reconstruction Team for their work. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Denis Cahill and Helen Kapas for their efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Roepke.”

— DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin

“The Aurora Police Department has a zero tolerance when it comes to people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This tragic crash that resulted in the loss of someone’s life could have been potentially avoided if someone didn’t get behind the wheel while they were intoxicated.”

— Aurora Police Chief Keith Cross

Roepke’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 21, 2022, for arraignment in front of Judge Reidy.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is 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.

— DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office



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