Bond at $500,000 in Urbana car-bicycle crash
UPDATED 4:05 p.m.
URBANA — An Urbana bicyclist remained hospitalized Friday with serious injuries she received after being hit by an impaired driver in Urbana Thursday evening.
Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said Lindsey Snell, 24, of the 400 block of Oregon Street, was riding her bicycle near Oregon and Coler when she was hit by a car that was headed south on Coler.
The driver of the car, Case Freeman, 25, of the 1600 block of West Park Avenue, Champaign, was charged Friday with aggravated driving under the influence of intoxicating compounds and is scheduled to be back in court July 10. Judge Richard Klaus set his bond on the felony charge at $500,000.
Seraphin said witnesses told police that about 5:35 p.m., Snell and a male friend were riding their bicycles side by side south on Coler and were about to turn east onto Oregon Street. Seraphin said the male bicyclist was slightly ahead of Snell and made the turn. Snell was struck by Freeman’s car as she was about to turn.
She hit Freeman’s windshield and fell to the pavement. She was not wearing a helmet, Seraphin said.
Freeman’s car continued on south for about two blocks to the T-intersection with Washington Street. His car went into a lot at 701 W. Washington St. and crashed into a tree.
He got out and was walking unsteadily back to the north and made it about a block before collapsing and having what appeared to be seizure-like symptoms, Seraphin said.
When police arrived, they found the injured Snell near Coler and Oregon, an unresponsive Freeman about a block south and the crashed car another block away.
Seraphin said a search of Freeman’s car turned up several bottles of cold medication, leading to his arrest for aggravated DUI. He was taken to jail Thursday night after having blood and urine samples drawn and being treated for his condition at Carle Foundation Hospital.
Snell was listed in critical condition at Carle Friday.