Aaron Dunigan, 18, and Juan Rivera, 56, killed in head-on crash on State Street in Calumet City, Illinois

Modified Date: 
Tue, 11/07/2017 - 9:22am
Accident Date: 
Saturday, May 16, 2015


Dunigan was a senior at Thornton Fractional North High School. Known as an outstanding quarterback for the school's football team and an all-around good kid, he was planning to finish high school and head to Southern Illinois University in the fall.

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“Kindest spirit ever and nobody that knows him didn’t love him,” said Kaye Jackson, his mother.

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The Times of Northwest Indiana reported police said 18-year-old David Peden of Calumet City was driving the car Dunigan was a passenger in and has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

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David Peden, 18, is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI causing death, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. He was ordered held on a $40,000 bond Tuesday and is next scheduled to appear in court June 8.

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The Chicago Tribune said David Peden of Calumet City was released on $40,000 bail Tuesday.

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"Not to say I wasn't worried about him, I always worry about him. I wanted him to enjoy the best he could, that's normal right? He said, 'Mama, I love you and I'll see you later.'""I said, 'I love you too' and that was it," Jackson said.

According to Calumet City Police, 18-year-old David Peden was behind the wheel of a car containing Aaron Dunigan, 18, and another teen on their way to a prom after-party. The teens were traveling east on State Street Saturday morning when apparently Peden crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic and struck a pickup truck head-on. Dunigan, who was in the front passenger seat, was killed, as was the driver of the pickup, 56-year-old Juan Rivera. 

Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Aaron Dunigan
David Peden
Juan Rivera
State Street

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