Testing changes results of charge in fatal accident

By Amanda Porterfield | aporterfield@wcia.com, Gary Brode | gbrode@wcia.com

Published 01/18 2014 08:06PM

Updated 08/14 2015 03:07PM

Latest: 10:04 pm, 8/13/15, Thursday

More testing turned a man's prison sentence completely around. Bidemi Ajobiwe was facing six years in prison for his role in a fatal crash.

He had marijuana in his system at the time, but his lawyers asked for more testing from a private lab. It showed the THC in his system didn't impair his driving and the aggravated DUI charge was dismissed.

He'll spend two years on probation with time served.

Update: 10:05 pm, 2/26/15, Thursday

The driver in a crash which killed a Catlin mother has been sentenced. Bidemi Ajobiewe will spend six years behind bars.

The crash happened last year on I-74. Ajobiewe lost control of his truck on the ice. The van Kristy Etchison was riding in, clipped the back of the truck and the van went into a ditch. She died at the scene.

Etchison's family says the driver apologized to them in court Thursday. He'll be deported back to Nigeria after serving time.

Original: 8:06 pm, 1/18/14, Saturday 

A three-car accident on I-74 East claimed the life of one woman.

Kristy Etchison, of Catlin, was a passenger in a car. A large truck traveling west crossed the median into the eastbound lane. The truck hit the vehicle Etchison was traveling in. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was 33. The crash is under investigation. Illinois State Police issued a travel advisory for all of District 10. They say Champaign County roads are the most treacherous.

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