2 charged with street racing, reck­less homi­cide in fa­tal Bartlett crash

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Two men have been charged in a crash that killed two dur­ing an al­leged street race ear­lier this year in north­west sub­ur­ban Bartlett.

Uriel Zen­teno, 23, and Jor­dan Gant, 20, each are charged with ag­gra­vated street racing and reck­less homi­cide for the Sept. 25 crash at Stearns and Munger roads in Bartlett, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the DuPage County state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

Zen­teno and Gant are ac­cused of driv­ing west on Stearns at high speeds shortly be­fore 5:50 a.m. when Zen­teno lost control of the 2007 Chevro­let Cobalt he was driv­ing, crossed into on­com­ing traf­fic and hit a Nis­san Al­tima and a Land Rover Range Rover, pros­e­cu­tors and Bartlett po­lice said.

Zen­teno was driv­ing ap­prox­i­mately 84 mph at the time of the crash and had reached speeds of up to 100 mph dur­ing the race, while Gant had been driv­ing in ex­cess of 90 mph, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors.

The crash killed the driver of the Nis­san, 40-year-old Chris Ar­been, as well as 23-year-old Miguel Flores, who was a pas­sen­ger in the Chevro­let, the state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice said.

Zen­teno, of West Chicago, and Gant, of Bol­ing­brook, ap­peared in court Thurs­day. Zen­teno’s bail was set at $300,000; Gant’s was set at $200,000. Both are due back in court Tues­day.

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