Update: Man Charged with Aggravated DUI After Sunday's Crash

Published 08/11 2014 06:15PM

Updated 08/11 2014 06:17PM

PEORIA - A man is in jail tonight after rear-ending a car early Sunday morning on Sterling Ave. killing a woman and seriously injuring her daughter. Police say driver Jefferey Steele was intoxicated at the time of the crash, and he was in court today.

He's facing two counts of aggravated driving under the influence with his bond set at $200,000.

Police are still trying to piece together exactly what led up to this deadly accident.

Police say twenty-seven year old Steele rear-ended Doris King and her four-year-old daughter a little before six a-m.

"Both cars then continued travelling southbound. His vehicle then veered off to the left hand side. Hers continued going straight down the road. From initial impact, we believe it was almost over 500 feet from resting point," Lt. Steve Roegge of the Peoria Police Department said.

All three were taken to the hospital. King was later pronounced dead. The four-year-old is still in the hospital at OSF St. Francis Medical Center with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

And Steele was treated for minor injuries but is now charged with two aggravated DUI’s.  Police say they are still trying to figure out how much of a role speed played in this deadly crash.

"At this point in time, we are doing some follow up investigation trying to pull basically the black boxes from the vehicles to try and determine the information on that," Lt. Roegge said.

Those black boxes will help outline exactly what happened leading up to the crash, but this is not the only drunk driving accident police are investigating.

"Within the last week, we've had two fatal accidents that we know were alcohol-related," Lt. Roegge said.

Twenty-three-year-old Brock Gebhardt died last week from injuries he suffered during a single-vehicle car crash on August 3rd.

The crash happened on Route 6 near the War Memorial exit.
Police say they believe he had drank before getting into that crash, as well.

After two deadly crashes just within a week of each other both due to drunk driving, police just want to remind you to never get behind the wheel after drinking.

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