Woodstock man charged with drag racing from July double fatal
WOODSTOCK – Police say the two Woodstock teens killed in a July 1 crash were drag racing and on Wednesday filed charges against the driver of the other car.
Daniel L. Huber, 20, of 14702 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock, is charged with failure to report a fatal traffic crash and aggravated street racing.
There is no evidence that the two vehicles actually collided, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, but Huber allegedly left the scene without rendering aid or calling 911.
Around 2:02 a.m. in the 14200 block of Davis Road, a dark blue 2010 Hyundai Elantra with Alec Kaiser at the wheel and Jacob Norys in the front passenger seat swerved off the road and rolled, striking a tree and a brick pillar.
It hit and uprooted a second tree, which landed partially on the car. Both teens were killed within seconds, according to the McHenry County Coroner's Office.
Gas station surveillance video shows that Huber was seen with Kaiser and Norys minutes before they died, police reports show. Kaiser's phone records also show at least six incoming or outgoing calls with Huber in the hour before the crash, who is identified as "Potatoe."
According to the reports, the surveillance video shows Huber's light-colored sedan followed by the Elantra pull into the parking lot of the Mobil gas station on Route 47 in Woodstock at 1:45 a.m.
Both cars back into parking spots, and the people in the Elantra switch spots, with Kaiser getting behind the wheel.
During the next few minutes, Kaiser and Huber exit their cars and hang around until a third car pulls in, which Huber gets inside.
The video also shows a Woodstock police officer in an unmarked squad car pulling into the lot. He later told sheriff's deputies that he was responding to a reckless driving complaint, although none of the vehicles matched the description he had been given.
The officer said he talked to one of the people in the Elantra, asking him whether he was old enough to smoke, before driving away at 1:54 a.m.
About a minute later, Huber and Kaiser got back into their vehicles and left the parking lot, with Huber's light-colored sedan behind the Elantra,
They crossed Route 47 and head west on Davis Road; the third car headed east.
But during a conversation with a deputy on July 10, Huber allegedly said that he had not taken Davis Road, and instead went north on Route 47.
In his report, the deputy also wrote that Huber, unprovoked, said, "Be sure to note that I was not there when he crashed."
Huber gave other statements inconsistent with the video, such as saying that he had no one in his car that night.
"They are seen talking to a passenger in the front seat of the light colored sedan, contrary to [Huber's] statements that no one was within his vehicle that evening," the deputy wrote.
Huber's bond was set at $100,000 and his next scheduled court date is Sept. 7.
Both Kaiser and Norys were students at Woodstock High School and would have been juniors this school year.
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