Champaign woman who hit pedestrian with car gets probation, home detention

Champaign woman who hit pedestrian with car gets probation, home detention

URBANA — A Champaign woman who admitted that she was under the influence when she struck and injured another woman with her car has been sentenced to 30 months of probation and 120 days of electronic home detention.

Madison Walk, 25, who listed an address in the 2500 block of West Springfield Avenue, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Adam Dill to aggravated driving under the influence for having a blood-alcohol concentration greater than 0.08.

Assistant State's Attorney Will Lynch said on July 14, 2017, about 12:30 a.m., Walk was driving on Springfield Avenue near Kenwood Road when she heard her car hit something.

She stopped and found Kashira Pettigrew, 29, of Champaign, in the road. Pettigrew had sustained a broken rib cage, broken thigh bone, lung damage and a concussion, Lynch said.

Walk initially denied she had been drinking, but after performing poorly on field sobriety tests and having her breath-alcohol level tested at 0.09, she admitted drinking.

In return for her guilty plea, a second count of possession of controlled substances related to a number of pills found in her car, including stimulants and painkillers, was dismissed.

She was also ordered to perform 150 hours of public service and attend a victim-impact panel. Her attorney, Mark Lipton of Champaign, told Dill his client had done both already.

Lipton also gave Dill at least 10 letters of support for his client, who had no prior criminal convictions.

Dill asked how Pettigrew was doing in the wake of her injuries but Lynch said he did not know. He said others in his office had been in contact with her and that Pettigrew knew of Walk's court hearing Monday but was not present for it.

Because of Pettigrew's serious injuries, Walk may not receive any good-time incentives on her electronic home detention.

Dill ordered her to report to the jail May 30 to be fitted with the bracelet. She also has to pay a $2,000 fine.

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