A man was sentenced to three years in prison for causing a motorcycle crash in Crystal Lake while he was drunk and under the influence of drugs, leaving his female passenger with serious injuries.
Ryan B. Hurst, 39, of the 12800 block of South Kenneth Avenue in Alsip, was charged in September 2020 with five counts of aggravated driving under the influence on a suspended or revoked license, five counts of aggravated driving under the influence causing an injury crash and one count of driving on a revoked or suspending license second offense.
A vehicle crash occurred around 8:15 p.m. on September 14, 2020, at Route 14 and Route 31.
Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski said at the time that a 1995 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Route 14.
The motorcycle, driven by Hurst, collided into the rear of a 2014 Ford Escape that was stopped facing eastbound on Route 14 at Route 31.
Prosecutors said Hurst was trying to maneuver between two vehicles when the collision occurred.
Kotlowski said that the motorcycle’s passenger, a 28-year-old McHenry woman, suffered serious injuries.
She was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital and flown by a medical helicopter to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
Hurst suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital.
The driver of the Ford Escape, a 63-year-old Fox River Grove man, was uninjured.
Prosecutors said lab results confirmed Hurst’s blood alcohol content was over the legal limit.
He was also found to have cocaine and cannabis in his system during the crash.
Hurst recently entered into a negotiated plea deal and pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 4 felony.
Prosecutors dismissed his 10 additional charges as a result of the plea.
McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced Hurst on Monday to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Hurst will be required to serve 50% of the sentence in accordance with truth-in-sentencing guidelines.
He will receive 194 days of credit for time served in the McHenry County Jail.
Hurst will additionally receive 95 days of credit for engaging in a “self-improvement program, volunteer work, or work assignments,” court documents show.