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Woman Resentenced in Fatal DUI Accident

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A woman once charged for fatal DUI accident has been resentenced and may be free from prison on Wednesday.

Details about the Resentencing

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that A woman from Aurora may be released from prison as soon as Wednesday after a judge resentenced her to probation for an accident that happened in 2009 and resulted in the wrongful death of a couple who were riding their motorcycle.

Alia Bernard has been resentenced to 400 hours of community service and four more years of probation after her original sentence of at least another year in prison was spared. She was originally sentenced by another judge to seven years in prison in 2012 and was eligible for parole in March of 2017.

The new judge on the case cited “extraordinary circumstances,” upon his review of the accident. Bernard had marijuana in her system at the time of the accident, and prosecutors even admitted that she was not impaired when the accident happened.

State law, however, required her to be charged with aggravated DUI since she had drugs that were present in her system even though it had been two days since she had used them.

The new judge stated that Bernard’s use of marijuana played no role in the accident that resulted in the death of the couple.

Circumstances of the Accident

On the morning of the accident, Bernard was heading south on Illinois Highway 47 neat Batavia when she rear-ended the last of three cars that were stopped in the road because the first vehicle was waiting to turn left.

The car had stopped in the roadway because it was waiting for a group of motorcyclists to pass, but the collision of Bernard’s vehicle with the others pushed their car into the path of one of the motorcycles. Wade and Denise Thomas were killed when their motorcycle collided with the vehicle that was pushed into their path.

After the accident, tests showed that Bernard had marijuana in her system even though she had used the drug two days before the crash. State law indicates anyone with drugs in their system can be charged with aggravated DUI in a fatal accident.

Bernard claims the reason she collided with the car in front of her was because she was reaching for her sunglasses. 


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