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.

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Dec 30, 2011
Poor Kealy NEW
by: Natalie

I miss Kealy so much. She was mine and my cousins Maggie, Kailey, Celeste, and Emma's cousin. It's been a very hard time for our family. All of my cousins are like best friends, and to loose one of us is unimaginable. We will always remember and miss you Kealy. I know you will always be living in my heart, if your in heaven or earth.

Dec 30, 2011
Kealy Alexa Carlson NEW
by: Anonymous

I miss my little cousin I cry everyday and I can't stop thinking about her.

Nov 28, 2011
omg NEW
by: jada an 11 year old girl

omg im so sad for this girl this dosent make sence he should of been put to death thats a little girl and im one to that is so sad im crying right now

Nov 18, 2011
Poor girl.. NEW
by: Suzanne Simons

Really? 3-14 years in jail for this girls death? How is that justice? I don't understand how people can kill another human being and only get a short amount of time in prison.

Oct 20, 2011
poor little girl
by: monique williams

I feel sorry for the little girl who was tragically killed in a very preventable crash. I don't feel sorry for the driver as he chose to drink and drive which is selfish, stupid and reckless. My brother was killed by a drunk driver august 20, 2009 by a second time offender, he was only 34 yrs old. luckily she died in the crash or she wouldn't face the consequences she should for such a crime, he is very missed by his kids, family and many friends

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