Off-duty deputy: ‘Oh God, I hope I didn’t kill this guy’
Updated: September 3, 2012 6:09AM
MAYWOOD — The Cook County Sheriff’s deputy charged with felony DUI in a fatal crash Sunday in Franklin Park reportedly told arresting officers, “Oh God, I hope I didn’t kill this guy.”
Jamie T. O’Malley, 37, of the 2600 block of Scott Street, Franklin Park, is charged with aggravated DUI for allegedly striking and killing Marcial Marias-Quevedo on Mannheim Road in Franklin Park at 1:43 a.m. July 22.
O’Malley, a sheriff’s deputy, stood before Judge Pamela Leeming during his bond hearing July 25 in Maybrook Court, wearing a blue ”Fighting Irish” T-shirt and beltless khaki shorts. His hands shook increasingly as he held up his shorts from behind.
Marias-Quevedo, 41, of Franklin Park suffered “severe injuries to his left rib cage,” which caused severe internal bleeding, said Assistant State’s Attorney Kathy Van Kampen. Marias-Quevedo was later pronounced dead at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.
Police found O’Malley’s pickup truck “in the middle of the road” with front-end damage and hood damage.
Van Kampen said O’Malley commented to police, “Oh God, I hope I didn’t kill this guy.”
O’Malley smelled strongly of alcohol and told police he’d come from a party where he’d had “two beers,” Van Kampen said.
The 6-foot, 200-pound O’Malley reportedly failed a field sobriety tests, then refused a Breathalyzer test.
He later submitted to urine and blood tests. Those test, administered 90 minutes after the accident, yielded a blood alcohol level of .105, above the legal limit of .08.
Van Kampen noted that the Class 2 felony of aggravated DUI requires a mandatory prison sentence of three to 14 years upon conviction, and asked for a $1 million bond.
O’Malley’s attorney, Bill Stanton, told the judge the family had raised $7,500 cash and asked the judge to set bond at that amount. Stanton said O’Malley was married just last October, had family in the area and wasn’t a flight risk.
“I know him on a personal and professional level and respect him,” Stanton told the judge.
Leeming ordered O’Malley held in lieu of 10 percent of a $150,000 D bond, and also ordered him to abstain from drinking any alcohol.
It’s not clear if O’Malley will make the $15,000 cash bail. If O’Malley’s family and friends can raise another $7,500, he’ll be released from custody to await his next court date, on July 30.
In the hallway before O’Malley’s bond hearing, a dozen people stood outside — a few were crying, occasionally hugging.
After the bond was set, a man and woman, the only two people allowed in the courtroom, left nearly in tears.
Upstairs the man, now wiping away tears, waved off a request for comment with a simple “No” and headed for the exit.
O’Malley had several traffic tickets in the 1990s, but nothing in the past 16 years. His only three convictions were for improper turn, running a red light and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, all in 1996.