Man, woman in hospital after head-on crash in Champaign

Man, woman in hospital after head-on crash in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man remained hospitalized in the wake of a Wednesday head-on collision in north Champaign that left a Champaign woman injured and closed a major thoroughfare closed for almost four hours.

Andrew W. Lewis, 27, was expected to be formally charged with felony driving under the influence when he's released from Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he was taken following a collision in the 1000 block of Bradley Avenue near Willis Avenue about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday.

A Champaign police report said Lewis, whose last known address was in the 700 block of Erin Drive, was driving east on Bradley in an erratic manner when he allegedly ran a stop sign at McKinley Avenue and collided head-on with a westbound car near Willis.

Champaign police Sgt. Tom Frost said the driver of that car, Diane Smith of Champaign, whose age was not available, was taken to Carle Hospital with severe injuries. Hospital officials had no information about her condition Thursday.

There were at least two witnesses who provided police with information, the report said. The collision remains under investigation.

The report said Lewis was issued tickets for driving under the influence of alcohol, operating an uninsured vehicle, reckless driving, disobeying a stop sign and improper lane usage.

The collision kept that section of Bradley closed for almost four hours while police investigated, Frost said.

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Beem wrote on July 05, 2012 at 12:07 pm

This guy was already out on bond for other charges. Put him away for good, please.

Janet wrote on July 05, 2012 at 12:07 pm

OK, I'm not lawyer (and I'd welcome the comments of one), but it looks like he had a lot of combo priors for similar things that were negotiated downward and/or thrown out (e.g. plea on one, dismissal on the other). He must have a good lawyer.

Fedupwithstatereps wrote on July 05, 2012 at 2:07 pm

This clown has 2 pages of traffic violiations going back to 1995 from the time he was 17 years old that include, excessive speeding, running stop signs, no insurance, expired registration, on and on.  Now he can add DUI to his list.  How does he even keep a license? Charming.

fortherecord wrote on July 05, 2012 at 3:07 pm

If he's 27 now he wouldn't have been 17 in 1995. 

Ellen wrote on July 05, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Actually, the whole two pages are NOT the same person. The middle initial is different. Granted, the person involved in the accident yesterday has a substantial amount of previous convictions MOST for accessive speed and unisured vehicles. I can only pray, (okay, its not likely) that he has insurance now. 

champaign30 wrote on July 05, 2012 at 6:07 pm

He shouldn't have been allowed out of county three months ago, how many times is he going to be allowed to make bad decisions without any punishment? Just search his name, he was arrested for armed violence in a bar because he was threatening to shoot people! Maybe this time someone will see that letting him off with lesser charges or dropping charges does nothing but make him think he is above the law. His lawyer is going to have his hands full with his two active cases.

I can't imagine what that woman's family is going through, I hope he feels awful, but thats doubtful.



areader wrote on July 06, 2012 at 9:07 am

What a loser!  Put this moron away!!!!!!!