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By Bob Uphues
On Aug. 2, following an investigation that lasted more than a month, the Cook County State's Attorney charged a 35-year-old Brookfield woman in connection with a fatal crash on 47th Street in McCook.
Tracey Fellows faces one count of aggravated driving under the influence causing death after allegedly losing control of her vehicle while westbound in the 8100 block of 47th Street, crossing the center line and crashing into an another vehicle on June 16 at about 10:20 p.m.
The passenger in Fellows' vehicle, 37-year-old Joseph Roe, of Lyons, was seriously injured and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where he died on June 22 as a result of multiple injuries sustained in the crash, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.
According to McCook Police Chief Mario DePasquale, Fellows was also injured in the crash and was treated at a hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the other vehicle was a 40-year-old Riverside woman. Three juvenile passengers in that car, along with the driver were taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries, DePasquale said.
In the wake of the crash, Roe's family set up a Gofundme page to help pay for expenses related to his medical care and, subsequently, death. The family raised $3,100 in the month following the crash, but donors can still contribute.
At a hearing at the Bridgeview courthouse on Aug. 3, Cook County Judge Peter Felice set Fellows' bond at $50,000. She posted bond and is free while awaiting trial. Her next court date is Aug. 31 at Bridgeview.
Aggravated DUI causing death is a Class 2 felony and punishable for between three and 14 years in prison, if convicted. Probation is rarely granted in such cases (the state statute says probation is an option only if a judge determines there are "extraordinary circumstances"), and anyone convicted of the offense must serve 85 percent of any sentence, according to state law.