Man pleads guilty to aggravated DUI

URBANA — A Champaign man who police say had been smoking cannabis before hitting a car head-on, seriously injuring its driver, faces up to 12 years in prison.

However, Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik agreed to recommend a sentence of no more than seven years in prison for Aaron Duvall when he's sentenced by Judge Richard Klaus for aggravated driving under the influence on July 18.

Duvall, 19, who listed an address in the 1000 block of West Beardsley Avenue, Champaign, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Klaus, admitting that on Dec. 13, he was driving when he had cannabis metabolites in his system.

About 12:45 p.m., he was headed east on Springfield Avenue near Fieldstone Road, when he went to pass a car and hit another head-on in the westbound lane.

The driver of that westbund car, Patricia Dudley, 58, of Champaign, sustained two broken legs requiring pins and plates to repair them. Among other injuries, Dornik said, Dudley also sustained torn ligaments, had a kneecap that needed to be reattached, and couldn't bend a knee.

Duvall said he was going to get lunch at the time of the crash. He was driving a Jeep Cherokee. Dudley was in a car and was wearing a seat belt.

Dornik said Duvall admitted he had smoked cannabis earlier in the day.

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