Updated: Urbana man pleads guilty in fatal crash on UI campus
An Urbana man faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison when he's sentenced in connection with a crash that killed a University of Illinois student last year.
In court Wednesday, 59 year-old Willie Craft pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless homicide. Two aggravated driving under the influence charges were dismissed as a part of the plea agreement.
Champaign County Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik said Craft was experiencing diabetic complications while driving down Lincoln Avenue last October.
Craft's attorney Monroe McWard said he's happy that there's a plea deal in the case but said there's still more work ahead.
Judge Richard Klaus will decide Craft's sentence on July 9. Attorneys for both sides on Wednesday agreed to cap the sentence recommendation at three-and-a-half years in prison. McWard said he plans to ask for probation.
This is all in connection with an accident last October on south Lincoln Avenue. Craft was at the wheel of his pickup truck when he lost consciousness and struck two UI students. One of them, 20 year-old Mimi Liu, was killed.