Chicago man charged in fatal wrong-way crash on I-80
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org March 5, 2013 3:50PM
Updated: April 7, 2013 6:31AM
The driver who allegedly was driving the wrong way on Interstate 80 and caused a crash that killed a Bridgeview man early Saturday has been charged with drunken driving.
Records show state police received an arrest warrant Tuesday charging Rodgerick Marsh, 30, of 6710 S. Maplewood Ave. in Chicago, with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. Additional charges may be pending, police said.
At 12:05 a.m. Saturday, Marsh was driving west in a 1999 Dodge Caravan in the eastbound lanes of I-80 near Nettle Creek, police said.
Between mileposts 106 and 107 the Caravan struck head on a 2008 Toyota Yaris driven by Abed M. Bader. The Caravan spun into the median while the Yaris was rammed by a semi-tractor trailer and pushed 200 feet down the road.
Bader, who was returning home from delivering medications to a nursing home in Spring Valley, was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was not injured.
Marsh suffered serious injury and was taken to Morris Hospital before being transferred to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
Marsh was released and brought to the Grundy County Jail around 4:30 p.m. Monday to await formal charges at a bond hearing.
Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan said jail staff determined Marsh needed further treatment for his injuries Monday evening. He was taken back to Morris Hospital and is being guarded by deputies who will bring him back to jail when he is discharged, Callahan said Tuesday.
Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland said investigation is pending into additional charges.
Marsh’s warrant carries $500,000 bail.
Typical sentencing guidelines for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol (for) causing the death of another is three to 14 years in prison.