DANVILLE — A 23-year-old Georgetown man will stand trial on aggravated driving under the influence charges that stem from a fatal collision in November.
Vermilion County Circuit Judge Craig DeArmond on Thursday found probable cause to try Randy L. Williams on one count of DUI-fatality, a Class 2 felony, and one count of aggravated DUI-great bodily harm, aggravated DUI-bodily harm and aggravated DUI-no insurance, all Class 4 felonies.
Williams, who is being represented by Danville attorney Leon Parker, pleaded innocent at his preliminary hearing.
A jury trial was scheduled for June 25. If he's convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison for the aggravated DUI-fatality and great bodily harm charges, which carry special penalty provisions.
Williams remains in Vermilion County Jail on a $25,000 bond, meaning he would have to pay $2,500 to be released.
The charges stem from a Nov. 19 collision east of Georgetown that killed 52-year-old Gerald M. Moreman of Westville and injured two of Williams' passengers — Danielle Davis, 22, and a 1-year-old, both of Georgetown.
At the hearing Thursday, Sgt. Billy Hurt, a Vermilion County sheriff's investigator, testified that he was called to the two-vehicle accident, which occurred at the intersection of Mill Road and County Road 1800 East.
When he arrived, a Chevrolet truck and a Dodge four-door were overturned in a ditch on the southwest corner of the intersection. He said Williams and his passengers — Davis, the 1-year-old, another 1-year-old and two 2-year-olds — already had been taken to the hospital.
He said Mr. Moreman, the sole occupant of the truck, died at the scene.
Hurt said Davis was hospitalized for two weeks with multiple fractures and a collapsed lung, while the 1-year-old was hospitalized for several days with a broken leg.
In a Jan. 25 interview, Hurt said, Davis said she and Williams had been at the American Legion in Cayuga, Ind., and were on the way to her home when the accident occurred. She also said she talked to Williams after she was released from the hospital. Davis said Williams told her he was worried his toxicology test would show he had morphine that he had been given in a hospital, vidicon that he had take a couple of days before the accident and "what he described as legal weed," Hurt said, adding Williams was referring to synthetic cannabis.
Hurt said the toxicology report showed Williams had marijuana, morphine, hydrocodone and a cocaine metabolite in his system at the time.