Mother looks for justice in daughter's death

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 01/14 2014 05:11PM

Updated 01/14 2014 05:50PM

VERMILION COUNTY -- Three months after she lost her daughter, this Westville woman may soon get justice. 19-year old Nicole Harris died in a drunk driving crash. It happened in October on a rural road just west of Westville.

23-year old Jake Erickson was the driver of the car. He's been charged with aggravated DUI resulting in death.

The charge normally comes with a 7-year maximum, but the State's Attorney's office added a "special penalty" which doubled the sentence. So, Erickson could face up to 14-years in prison. With that penalty, Erickson would not be eligible for parole unless the defense is able to prove or establish extraordinary circumstance.

The Vermilion County Sheriff's Office says Erickson was driving the car and tried to go around a curve. His Jeep flipped and ejected all four people inside. Harris died on the scene. Her mother says she finally sees light at the end of the tunnel.

Erickson's preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 23. He was arrested January 8 in Kentucky. He was transferred to Danville Saturday. His bail is set at $100,000.

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