Prosecutors say an SUV driver who allegedly drove under the influence of drugs and caused a crash that killed a motorcyclist in Round Lake Beach had just completed supervision for another DUI.
Derek J. Drake, 31, of Lake Villa, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence causing a fatal crash and reckless homicide.
A grand jury returned an indictment charging Drake earlier this month, court records show.
An arrest warrant was issued and the Round Lake Beach Police Department arrested Drake Tuesday afternoon.
The charges stem from a two-vehicle crash with injuries that occurred around 7:57 a.m. on May 21 at Route 83 and Engle Drive in Round Lake Beach.
Officers arrived to find a crash involving a 2001 Jeep and a motorcycle, according to Round Lake Beach Deputy Police Chief Ryan Rodriguez.
The Jeep, driven by Drake, was traveling southbound on Route 83.
The motorcycle, driven by David Paul, 56, of Skokie, was traveling northbound on Route 83, Rodriguez said.
The Jeep attempted to turn left onto eastbound Engle Drive and collided with the motorcycle.
The investigation showed Paul had the right of way and Drake failed to yield while turning left, Rodriguez said.
Paramedics pronounced Paul deceased on the scene, Rodriguez said. The driver of the Jeep was uninjured.
The Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) was called to the scene to assist with the investigation.
Route 83 was shut down between Monaville Road to Engle Drive for several hours.
Rodriguez told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that toxicology results showed Drake was under the influence of THC.
Drake was transported to the Lake County Jail following his arrest and prosecutors filed a petition to detain him pending trial.
Prosecutors said in court Drake had previously been placed on court supervision for driving under the influence of alcohol. The supervision terminated in April, less than a month before the fatal crash.
Lake County Judge Ari Fisz granted the petition after finding there were no release conditions that could ensure the community’s safety.
An arraignment hearing is scheduled for January 3.