A drunk driver who caused a rollover crash in 2019 in Woodstock that left a man dead and a woman seriously injured has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Shawn Brautigam, 33, of the 0-100 block of Wheaton Center in Wheaton, was indicted on charges of five counts of aggravated driving under the influence causing death, five counts of aggravated driving under the influence on a suspended or revoked driver’s license, five counts of aggravated driving under the influence causing an accident involving bodily harm and one count of driving on a suspended license.
The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office reached a negotiated plea deal with Brautigam this month.
Brautigam pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving under the influence causing death in exchange for prosecutors dismissing all of his other charges.
Brautigam was the driver of a 2019 Toyota Camry around 2 a.m. November 24, 2019, on Charles Road west of Queen Anne Road near Woodstock.
The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a single-vehicle crash involving the Toyota at that location.
McHenry County Sheriff Deputy Sandra Rogers said at the time that the Toyota was traveling westbound on Charles Road when it drove off the north side of the roadway.
The Toyota then struck a pole and a tree before rolling over onto its side, Rogers said.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said that Brautigam was flown by a Flight For Life helicopter to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville in critical condition.
A 34-year-old Woodstock man, identified as Charles Akerberg, was one of the passengers. He was ejected from the car and transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital.
Akerberg was later transferred by a Flight For Life helicopter to Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford where he was pronounced dead.
The second passenger in the vehicle, a 44-year-old Wheaton woman, was flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center by a Flight For Life helicopter in serious condition.
Brautigam, who was the only one in the car wearing a seatbelt, was later charged after it was learned that he was driving under the influence of alcohol.
McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced Brautigam to six and a half years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on Thursday.