Driver in Beach Park Crash, Accused of Intentionally Driving SUV with Passenger into Tree in Beach Park, Arrested Upon Discharge from Hospital

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Domingo J. Rogel, accused of intentionally driving a Nissan Murano into a tree in Beach Park while traveling with a passenger on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Domingo J. Rogel, accused of intentionally driving a Nissan Murano into a tree in Beach Park while traveling with a passenger on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office).

An aggravated battery suspect, who is accused of intentionally driving a Nissan Murano into a tree while traveling with a female passenger was arrested immediately after he was discharged from a hospital Monday.

Domingo J. Rogel, 68, of the block of 2600 Horeb Avenue in Zion, was discharged from the hospital on Monday, March 6, 2023. He was placed into custody by Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and transported to the Lake County Jail.

Rogel is due to appear at an initial court hearing Tuesday morning, March 7, 2023 for his charges. An additional charge of Aggravated Battery Causing Great Bodily Harm (class 3 felony) was added to his initial charges of Aggravated Domestic Battery and Reckless Conduct.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate Rogel, who is accused of intentionally driving the Nissan Murano among the following details of the case.

A totaled Nissan Murano allegedly intentionally driven into a tree in Beach Park by Domingo J. Rogel while he was traveling with a passenger on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
A totaled Nissan Murano allegedly intentionally driven into a tree in Beach Park by Domingo J. Rogel while he was traveling with a passenger on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office).

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2023 to a report of a crash with injuries in the area of 29th Street and Lone Oak Road in Beach Park. Lake County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located the Nissan Murano that struck a tree. There was significant damage to the Nissan Murano — a mid-size SUV type vehicle.

The driver of the crashed Nissan was identified as a 68-year-old male with the name Domingo J. Rogel — initially believed to be a resident living in the 800 block of Greenview Street, Gurnee. He was traveling with a 38-year-old female passenger of Zion. Both people were entrapped in the crashed vehicle, and had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and paramedics. Both the driver and the passenger were transported to area hospitals with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Preliminary investigation shows the driver and the victim, who have a relationship, were arguing with one another. During the argument, the driver indicated he was going to end their lives. Allegedly, driver Domingo J. Rogel, while traveling eastbound on 29th Street, accelerated, veered off the roadway, and drove the Nissan Murano directly into a tree.

Both the driver and the passenger were hospitalized with serious injuries.

After reviewing the facts and circumstances of the case, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office initially approved the following charges for the driver:

Aggravated Domestic Battery (Class 2 Felony)

Reckless Conduct (Class 4 Felony)

Additional charges were considered possible.

The driver’s name was initially withheld pending his discharge from the hospital. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office initially described that upon Rogel’s discharge from the hospital, he would be placed into custody and transported to the Lake County Jail.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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