Georgetown man faces charges in fatal crash
DANVILLE — A 23-year-old Georgetown man is facing aggravated driving under the influence charges in connection with a two-car crash that killed a man last November.
Randy L. Williams formally was charged in Vermilion County Circuit Court on Tuesday with one count of aggravated driving under the influence-fatality, a Class 2 felony.
He also was charged with aggravated driving under the influence-great bodily harm; aggravated driving under the influence-bodily harm, a Class 4 felony; and aggravated driving under the influence-no insurance, a Class 4 felony.
Vermilion County State's Attorney Randy Brinegar said if convicted, Williams could be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison for the aggravated DUI-fatality and great bodily harm charges, which carry special penalty provisions. And, Williams could receive one to three years in prison for the Class 4 felonies.
The charges stem from a Nov. 19 collision east of Georgetown that killed 52-year-old Gerald M. Moreman of Westville and injured Danielle Davis, 22, of Georgetown.
The accident occurred at 6:08 p.m. at the intersection of Mill Road and County Road 1800 East.
According to a Vermilion County sheriff's department report, Williams was driving west on Mill Road when he lost control of his car. The car went into a ditch, hit a culvert, went airborne and then became embedded in the cab of a pickup truck that was stopped at the intersection.
Mr. Moreman, who was driving the truck, had to be extricated from the truck. An autopsy showed he died of multiple blunt-force injuries.
Brinegar said that Davis, Williams' front-seat passenger, was hospitalized and treated for a broken bone. Four children were also passengers in the car, but weren't severely injured.
The sheriff's department and Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson's office investigated the accident and forwarded the case to Brinegar's office. Brinegar said he filed charges in March when a toxicology report showed that Williams had drugs in his system at the time of the crash. He declined to say what kind.
Williams' arraignment hearing was held on Tuesday. At the hearing, he declined representation by the public defender's office, saying he plans to hire his own attorney, and then pleaded innocent to the charges.
Williams is being held at the Vermilion County Jail on a $25,000 bond, meaning he would have to pay $2,500 in order to be released. His preliminary hearing is set for April 12.