License revoked for driver in crash that killed Urbana School board member Warren Stevens


By Nick Walton - nwalton@civitasmedia.com



A driver involved in a crash that killed long-time Urbana City Schools board member Warren Stevens had their driver’s license suspended in the Champaign County Municipal Court Friday.

Kristen L. Reed pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter, a second degree misdemeanor, during a pretrial hearing.

As part of sentencing, Reed’s driver’s license was suspended for two years starting Friday and she was placed on community control for three years, had a 90-day jail sentence suspended, and was fined $750 along with court costs.

Charges of vehicular homicide and failure to yield were dismissed as part of the plea resolution.

Reed, 44, was facing charges stemming from a Sept. 28, 2016, crash. On that date, Champaign County deputies were dispatched to the intersection of North Ludlow Road and East Kanagy Road.

A 1998 Ford Expedition driven by Reed was traveling westbound on East Kanagy Road when she allegedly failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign, causing the vehicle to collide with a 2014 Honda Accord driven by Stevens – who was traveling northbound on North Ludlow Road.

Stevens’ vehicle spun and was hit in the rear by a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 heavy duty truck traveling southbound on North Ludlow Road.

Stevens was pronounced dead at the scene.

Other conditions of sentencing require Reed to undergo a mental health assessment, submit to alcohol and drug screens along with not consuming drugs or alcohol, and she was ordered to perform 180 hours of community service.

By Nick Walton

nwalton@civitasmedia.com

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.