Bond Set For Driver In Fatal Crash

A West Peoria man is held on $200,000 bond and faces more than two decades in prison for a fatal car crash. 

Peoria police allege Jeffrey Steele, 22, was drunk and speeding down Sterling Ave. early Sunday morning when he drove BMW into the back of another car. The other driver, Doris King, was killed in the crash. King's passenger, her four-year-old granddaughter, suffered serious, but not life threatening, injuries. Steele was arrested for aggravated DUI shortly after his minor injuries were checked out at the hospital.

Police won't, or can't, say exactly how fast Steele was going. However, Lt. Steve Roegge was able to say both cars spun more than 500 feet from the point of impact. Outside of that, Roegge says the circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation. He says it could be some time before police can say for sure what happened.

"When you have no actual witnesses, it's very difficult," said Roegge. "We're doing some follow-up investigation, trying basically to pull the 'black boxes' from the vehicles to determine the information on that."

Roegge would not say what Steele's BAC was, only saying investigators are sure he'd been drinking that night. Roegge would also not comment on whether Steele was being cooperative with detectives working the case.

If convicted, Steele could see 14 years in prison for the death of King and 12 years in prison for injuring King's granddaughter. He remains held in the Peoria County Jail.

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