Grant Park man charged in fatal DUI crash
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.