Driver in fatal van-motorcycle crash sentenced to year in jail

MONTICELLO — A White Heath man who caused a fatal motorcycle crash last summer while driving on a revoked license has been sentenced to a year in the county jail.

William Eiben, 49, will be released Monday through Friday during the day to go to work, according to Piatt County State's Attorney Dana Rhoades, but will be in jail at night and on weekends for the next year.

Eiben was resentenced on Thursday for a 2010 driving under the influence conviction for which he had previously received probation. He was also being sentenced for driving with a revoked license.

He admitted in February that he violated his DUI probation when he drove on a revoked license on Aug. 4, 2011.

About 6:20 a.m. that day, Eiben was driving a van on Illinois 10 in eastern Piatt County when he said the sun blinded him and he turned in front of Gordon Newman, 50, of White Heath, throwing him from his motorcycle.

Rhoades said Eiben's blood was tested but turned up no illegal substances in his system.

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welive wrote on March 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm

i need that mans attorney

MapleTree wrote on March 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm

It doesn't seem like much but I think he got the max.


 

areader wrote on March 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Only ONE year?????  Not much of a sentence!!!!! 

randyandjoy1 wrote on May 04, 2012 at 7:05 am

You'd be shocked how many drive with a revoked license. Shocked!  They know the penalty is minimal so "Why not?" Common sense says, (A) if you have enough DUI's you get your license revoked, then (b) drive without same license then (c) kill someone (impaired or not) that you shouldn't be doing at the very least a minimum 25-30 years in prison (in hopes one croaks before one ever sees the light of day again) afterall we don't need this ilk among the lawabiding...but, then Common Sense is very uncommon.