Bond set at $100,000 for woman in fatal crash on I-74

Bond set at $100,000 for woman in fatal crash on I-74

URBANA — A Champaign County judge Friday set bond for a Danville woman accused in the drunken driving death of a Minnesota man at $100,000.

After arraigning Jessica Young, 32, of the 0-100 block of Bates Drive, on two counts of aggravated driving under the influence, Judge Richard Klaus ordered her taken to jail, where she can be released only after posting $10,000 cash. She remained there Friday afternoon.

Young is accused of driving drunk on Interstate 74 on May 20 and hitting the rear end of a slow-moving pickup truck driven by Frank Patchen, 85, of Isanti, Minn. The collision sent both vehicles off the road. Mr. Patchen died from his injuries. Young was also hurt.

Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik said at Carle Hospital, Young's blood-alcohol serum was tested and found to be 0.11 percent. She told a state trooper she had three mixed drinks with vodka at a downtown Champaign bar before heading back to Danville.

She appeared in court Friday morning in a wheelchair with one foot in a cast.

Dornik asked Klaus to set some bond although she did not recommend an amount.

Young's attorney, Ed Piraino of Champaign, said Young is a single mother who works full-time supporting two children, ages 8 and 10, and that she has no prior convictions. He argued that she was not a flight risk since she can't even walk and has to go to the doctor two to three times a week.

Klaus told Young that her next court date is Aug. 15.

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sweet caroline wrote on June 20, 2014 at 10:06 pm

All eyes will be on Klaus and his decision.  He'd better not let this one off the hook after he sentenced Katie Daly to 3 years in prison for Annie Daly's death.  Katie is a full-time employee, single mother, too.