Kealy Carlson Petersburg IL Monday October 10th 2011
A 26-year-old Petersburg man was intoxicated when his vehicle crashed near Pleasant Plains on Monday, killing his seven-year-old daughter, authorities say.
The drunk Driver was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, said Sangamon County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jack Campbell. Kealy Carlson, 7, of Petersburg, was pronounced dead at St. John's hospital about an hour after the accident, which occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Monday.
HE will be charged with aggravated DUI, which is punishable by three to 14 years in prison, said State's Attorney John Milhiser. Bond has been set at $1 million.
Kealy was in a 2002 Jeep Cherokee south on Smith Road near Pleasant Plains when he lost control of the vehicle. The Jeep crossed the centerline, went down an embankment, crossed a creekbed and crashed into a ditch, deputies said.
The vehicle's front end was heavily damaged.
Kealy Carlson was in a booster seat and wearing a seat belt at the time, Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards said.
Illinois State Police are working to reconstruct the accident, which will remain under investigation until state police finish their report.
Court records show this drunk driver was sentenced to a year of supervision and alcoholism treatment after pleading guilty to DUI in 2009.
He was arrested again in 2010 for DUI, but that charge was reduced to stopping, standing or parking outside of a business or residence district, which is a petty traffic offense. He pleaded guilty to the reduced charge and was sentenced to six months probation.
If this drunk driver had been properly punished before Monday, Kealy would still be with us today. He obviously had a history of this type of behavior and should not have been driving period.