Bond reduced for man charged in double fatal crash
WOODSTOCK – A judge reduced the bond of a Woodstock man accused of drag racing with two teens who crashed and died July 1.
Daniel L. Huber, 20, is charged with failure to report a fatal traffic crash and aggravated street racing. On Monday, Judge Sharon Prather reduced his bond from $100,000 to $45,000.
Huber must post 10 percent, or $4,500, to be released. If he does post bond, he will be under supervision, which includes a curfew and random drug tests.
Assistant State's Attorney Dave Johnston said that Huber met with Alec Kaiser and Jacob Norys at the Mobil gas station in Woodstock to deliver some marijuana to them, although it was unclear whether that occurred.
They are seen on a surveillance tape shortly before the crash, which occurred about 2:02 a.m. in the 14200 block of Davis Road.
Kaiser had been behind the wheel of the 2010 Hyundai Elantra and Norys was in the front passenger seat when the car swerved off the road and rolled, striking a tree and a brick pillar. The car hit and uprooted a second tree, which landed partly on the car.
Both teens died in seconds, the McHenry County Coroner’s Office said.
Johnston said that Huber stopped, turned around and went in the other direction, but did not report the crash to police. Huber also denied having a passenger in his car, but police later determined that was not true.
According to a deputy's report, when Huber was interviewed about nine days after the crash, he, unprovoked, said, “Be sure to note that I was not there when he crashed.”
Huber's mother briefly testified during his bond reduction hearing, saying that the family could post about $2,000. Her son could return home to live with her, she said, and abiding by her rules has not been an issue in the past.
However, court records show that Huber previously was charged several times with truancy as well as possession of tobacco by a minor.
Johnston also said that Huber has "a record of bad driving." His record includes a sentence of supervision for a June 2010 charge of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Both Kaiser and Norys were students at Woodstock High School and would have been juniors this school year. According to the coroner’s report, blood samples for both teens were negative for alcohol, cocaine, narcotics and marijuana.
Their urine, however, tested positive for marijuana, meaning that the drug likely was ingested between one to four days before the crash.
Huber's next scheduled court date is Sept. 18.
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