Man pleads guilty to aggravated DUI in fatal crash

Man pleads guilty to aggravated DUI in fatal crash

TUSCOLA — A Decatur man who admitted he was drunk when he hit and killed an Atwood man in a traffic crash last fall faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced next month.

Edgar M. Maza, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court to aggravated driving under the influence in connection with the Oct. 10 death of Harold "Tony" Adamson, 47, of Atwood.

Mr. Adamson was killed after being thrown from the motorized scooter he was riding on U.S. 36 just south of Atwood.

Police said both Mr. Adamson and Maza were driving east on 36, just east of the Arthur Road, when Maza's sport utility vehicle hit Mr. Adamson's scooter from behind.

The scooter ran off the road, throwing Mr. Adamson. The SUV then continued on, ran off the road and overturned. Maza was not injured.

Douglas County State's Attorney said Maza had a blood-alcohol content of 0.157, almost twice the limit under which an Illinois motorist is presumed intoxicated.

Under the terms of Maza's plea agreement, a second count of aggravated driving under the influence was dismissed. The state agreed to cap its sentencing recommendation at 10 years in prison, even though the maximum he could receive is 14 years. Nolan said Maza does not have any prior DUI or other criminal convictions.

Judge Dan Flannell will decide Maza's sentence on Aug. 18.

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