Woman faces aggravated DUI charges in fatal crash
URBANA — A Danville woman whose alleged drunken driving caused the death of a Minnesota man last month has been criminally charged.
Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik said she filed two counts of felony aggravated driving under the influence against Jessica L. Young, 32, of the 0-100 block of Bates Drive, on Wednesday.
Young was scheduled to appear in court for arraignment Friday morning.
The counts allege that Young was under the influence of alcohol on May 20 when her car ran into the back of a pickup truck on Interstate 74.
The driver, Frank Patchen, 85, of Isanti, Minn., was headed east about 9:30 p.m. and was driving slowly when Young hit him. He was not wearing a seat belt but remained in the truck, according to an initial report.
Both his pickup truck and Young's car, a Camry, went off the road. Young was also injured.
Dornik said preliminary reports suggest Young's blood-alcohol level was 0.11 percent but she is still waiting for medical records.
The prosecutor said Young told Illinois State Police that she had consumed three mixed drinks containing vodka at a downtown Champaign bar that evening before heading back to Danville.
Young had a female passenger in her car but Dornik said the report did not say if that woman was injured.
Dornik also said there was nothing in the report to suggest why Mr. Patchen was driving slowly. He was alone.
If convicted of either of the counts, Young faces penalties ranging from probation to three and 14 years in prison. She is supposed to appear before Judge Richard Klaus.