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Grant Park man charged in fatal DUI crash

October 19, 2018 GMT

Daily Journal staff report

John Parchem, of Grant Park, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence following a fatal two-vehicle crash on Illinois Route 1 in Will County on Tuesday.

According to Illinois State Police District 5, a preliminary investigation showed the Ford Expedition operated by the 49-year-old Parchem was traveling southbound on Route 1, north of the Will County-Kankakee County line.

It crossed over into the northbound lane and crashed head-on into a Nissan pickup truck operated by Daniel Gradilla, of Chicago.

The 21-year-old Gradilla was ejected from the pickup and pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Parchem was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

The crash occurred at 8:30 p.m.

Additional charges are pending, according to state police. No further details are being released at this time.