Another hearing scheduled in fatal crash case that killed Urbana school board member Warren Stevens


By Nick Walton - nwalton@civitasmedia.com



A second pretrial hearing was ordered Wednesday in the case of a crash that killed long-time Urbana City Schools board member Warren Stevens.

Another pretrial hearing for Kristen L. Reed was scheduled for April 21 during a pretrial hearing in the Champaign County Municipal Court.

Reed, 44, is charged with vehicular homicide, a first degree misdemeanor, vehicular manslaughter, a second degree misdemeanor, and a minor misdemeanor failure to yield charge stemming from the 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.

Reed previously pleaded not guilty to the charges against her on Feb. 10.

At the beginning of Wednesday’s hearing, Judge Gil S. Weithman reiterated the vehicular homicide charge carries a potential 180-day jail penalty and a loss of license and the vehicular manslaughter charge carries a potential 90-day jail penalty.

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.