Villa Grove man charged in fatal crash

Villa Grove man charged in fatal crash

URBANA — A Villa Grove man involved in an intersection collision that claimed the life of a Broadlands man in October has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of cannabis.

Timothy Bretz, 32, was arraigned Friday in Champaign County Circuit Court on the Class 2 felony offense. It's alleged that he was driving Oct. 4 when he had cannabis in his system and that he was involved in an accident that resulted in the death of Wyatt Jones.

The accident happened at 2:44 p.m. that Friday in Raymond Township about five miles west of Broadlands and a mile south of Bongard.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Curt Apperson said Mr. Jones, 19, was headed east on County Road 200 N in a Buick Century while Bretz was driving south on County Road 1900 E in a farm truck with a semitrailer for hauling grain.

Tall corn on the northwest corner of the intersection apparently obstructed Bretz's view and the two vehicles collided in the intersection, Apperson said.

Mr. Jones died about 25 hours later at Carle Foundation Hospital from multiple traumatic injuries.

Bretz's blood and urine were tested, as is required under the law when there is a serious injury. The urine test came back from the lab in November showing the presence of cannabis, which led to the state's attorney's office filing the criminal charge against Bretz on Dec. 5.

He was sent a summons to appear in court Friday.

Judge Richard Klaus set Bretz's bond at $25,000. He posted 10 percent and was released from jail. He's due back in court Feb. 13.

If convicted of the aggravated DUI, Bretz faces penalties ranging from probation to three to 14 years in prison.

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