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Judge Hands Down Prison Time for Driver in Crash that Killed St. Charles Man

Prosecutors say Reginald Hearon, 51, of Plano, combined prescription drugs and alcohol before crash.

A 51-year-old Plano man was sentenced on Tuesday to three years in prison for a 2008 crash that killed a St. Charles man.

Reginald Hearon, of the 3500 block of Boyer Lane in Plano, pleaded guilty in September 2010 to reckless homicide and aggravated DUI.

say Hearon was driving a 1997 Ford Ecoline van east in the morning of Oct. 2, 2008, in Blackberry Township when he tried to pass vehicles in a no-passing zone, striking a SUV driven by 53-year-old Craig Smith of St. Charles head on. Smith died at the site of crash.

Hearon admitted to taking prescription drugs while he had been drinking alcohol, according to prosecutors.

Police determined Hearon’s van was traveling faster than the 45-mph limit for that stretch of Fabyan Parkway just prior to the crash, according to a reconstruction.  

Hearon is required to serve at least 85 percent of the three-year sentence, according to Illinois law. He was given credit for serving 17 days in jail and had been free on bond until that was revoked with the sentencing. 

Jill November 16, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Outrageous! He kills another man and only gets 3 years! And only has to serve 85% of his sentence?! What kind of message does that send?! Absolutely outraged!
Crystal November 20, 2011 at 10:49 PM
How about reading the entire story before you judge....

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