An Aurora woman was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday for causing a head-on collision that killed a Marengo man in 2009.
Linda L. Knotts, 48, pleaded guilty in Kane County court to one count of aggravated DUI for the March 20, 2009 crash that killed William McKenzie, 54.
Knotts, of the 200 block of East Galena Boulevard, was driving her pickup truck south in the northbound lane of Illinois Route 47 near
Prior to the accident, police had received a number of reports from motorists reporting that Knotts was driving erratically, speeding and passing numerous vehicles. She had been stopped and cited by police about 15 minutes before the crash.
Her pickup truck was going 73 miles per hour when it struck McKenzie's vehicle, according to an accident reconstruction estimate. Tests revealed that Knotts had cocaine in her system at the time, according to prosecutors.
State's Attorney Joe McMahon called McKenzie's death "nothing short of tragic."
"This crash was clearly preventable, the result of this defendant's reckless and dangerous driving with cocaine in her system," he said.
Knotts has been free on bond since she was indicted in 2010. She was ordered to report Jan. 30 to begin serving her sentence.