Urbana man sentenced to 42 months for a car accident that killed a student

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 1:23 pm    

Fifty-nine-year-old Urbana resident Willie Craft, Sr., was sentenced to 42 months in prison by Judge Richard Klaus in a Champaign County courtroom for a car accident that killed a student pedestrian in last fall, The News-Gazette reported on July 9.

Craft pleaded guilty in early January to reckless homicide for causing the death of 20-year-old University of Illinois agricultural business student Mimi Liu in a vehicular accident on Oct. 9, 2013.

According to court documents, Liu was walking along Lincoln Avenue between classes when she was hit by Craft, a diabetic whose driving was impaired because of low blood sugar. According to Assistant State Attorney Elizabeth Dornik, Craft is responsible for controlling his own medical condition and should have known not to drive.

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