Crime & Courts

Crystal Lake attorney pleads not guilty to DUI charges stemming from fatal crash

A Crystal Lake attorney on Thursday pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated driving under the influence charges tied to a June 2 crash that killed a 41-year-old motorcyclist.

Robert Roth, of the 4100 block of White Ash Road, entered not guilty pleas to charges of aggravated DUI and DUI. The latter charge is a misdemeanor offense that typically results in less than one year in jail. If convicted of the most serious charge, aggravated DUI, Roth could be sentenced to as many as 14 years in prison.

Roth's attorney, Patrick Walsh, previously declined to comment on the charges while the case is ongoing.

The crash happened on Route 31 near the intersection with Drake Drive in Nunda Township. Roth and another man, Michael Pedretti, were driving their separate vehicles north on Route 31 approaching the Drake Drive intersection when, for unknown reasons, Roth’s SUV rear-ended the Pedretti's Jeep, according to a related wrongful death lawsuit.

Pedretti's vehicle subsequently entered the southbound lane and struck a motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle, Adam Antoni, died as a result of the crash.

Roth remained free on bond Thursday, and is scheduled to make his next court appearance Tuesday morning.

In additional to the criminal case pending against him, Roth faces two lawsuits filed by Pedretti and Antoni's surviving family. Each civil complaint seeks more than $50,000 in money damages.

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