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Man Involved in Fatal Street Race gets Probation

Lauren Lopez3 years ago

According to an article published by the Daily Herald, 21-year old Daniel Huber is to receive three years of probation for his involvement in a fatal street racing accident that killed two 16- year olds, Alex Kaiser and Jacob Norys.

Huber, who was 20 at the time, failed to call 911 and fled the scene when the 2010 Hyundai Elantra the teens were driving crashed in to a pillar, then a tree. The accident took place on July 1, 2012.

Huber Takes Plea Deal after Arrest

  • The McHenry County Sheriff's Office performed an investigation, and one month later from his flee from the scene, Huber was arrested. After the arrest, Huber pleaded to counts of aggrevated street racing and obstruction of justice in correlation to the accident which killed the two teens.
  • In cooperation with the plea deal, Huber was able to get the charge of failure to report an accident involving death, dropped. This charge held a punishment of up to 15 years in prison.
  • Huber agreed to what is known as a “cold plea”.  Here, a defendant admits guilt and the decision of sentencing goes to a judge. This plea is an alternative to another plea which allows a prosecutor to make a sentence before a trial is commenced.

The Sentencing of Daniel Huber 

  • There were several factors considered when sentencing Huber. One of which was his criminal record. Court records indicated that Huber had not had any felony or misdemeanor convictions; however, he was cited for offenses such as truancy, speeding, not wearing a seat belt and going through a stop sign. A more serious offense was his possession and consumption of alcohol in public. 
  • In addition to the three years of probation, Huber served 180 days jail-time, is required to serve 120 hours of community service, cooperate with drug testing, and pay a fine nearing $4,500.
  • If Huber violates the terms of his probation, there is a possibility that he will be sentenced to up to three years in prison.
Illegal Street Racing Statistics
  • Street racing is an illegal activity where motorist take to public roads, streets, highways, and other transportation mediums to race other motorists.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration included racing crashes as speeding related accidents.
  • According to data collected from the NHTSA, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal 2005 crashes.
  • USA Today reports that from 2001 to 2008 there were 1,047 fatalities in accidents that occurred from racing.
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