Woman Pleads Guilty to Fatal DUI Crash on Route 47

The investigation reveals that Linda Knotts had cocaine in her blood at the time of the crash. Here are more details.

An Aurora woman will serve a prison sentence for a 2009 fatal DUI crash on Route 47 north of Sugar Grove.

Linda L. Knotts, 48 (d.o.b. 7-17-1964), of the 200 block of East Galena Boulevard, Aurora, agreed this week to a sentence of seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of aggravated DUI, a Class 2 felony.

Circuit Judge James C. Hallock accepted the plea.

At about 5:30 p.m. March 20, 2009, Knotts was driving her yellow 2007 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up south in the northbound lane on Route 47 near Merrill Road when she struck head-on a vehicle driven by 54-year-old William McKenzie of Marengo. McKenzie was pronounced dead a short time later at a nearby hospital. Preceding the crash, motorists had called 911 to report a yellow pick-up driving erratically at an excessive speed and passing numerous vehicles.

The investigation revealed that Knotts had cocaine in her blood at the time of the crash. A traffic reconstruction revealed that Knotts’ pick-up was traveling 73 mph when it struck McKenzie’s vehicle, and that McKenzie’s vehicle was traveling within the posted 55 mph speed limit.

According to Illinois law, Knotts must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence. Knotts will be given credit for 32 days served in the Kane County jail. Knotts remains free on $4,000 bond. Judge Hallock granted Knotts’ request to surrender Jan. 30, 2013, to begin her sentence.

“It remains a priority of this office to aggressively prosecute DUI cases. This crash was clearly preventable, the result of this defendant’s reckless and dangerous driving with cocaine in her blood,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said. “Mr. McKenzie’s death was nothing short of tragic.”

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Engerman.


SOURCE: Kane County State's Attorney's Office

beckysensei February 02, 2013 at 07:15 PM
If cases are being "aggressively prosecuted," why did it take almost 4 years for her to be convicted, and why will it be another year before she actually starts serving her term? In what way is this aggressive???
Sister Elenita February 03, 2013 at 04:21 PM
The profile looks lime Steve Dahl.. Man or woman??????
Paul Adams February 03, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Um, Becky, January 30th, 2013 was last week, not next year.
Bree McKenzie February 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Such a sad sad death--It has badly affected his son, Christian from his 1st wife, Colleen, his adopted daughter, Jennifer, and his daughter, Lacey with his 2nd wife, Rhonda--plus his parents, Robert and Dolores McKenzie from Lake Forest Il, and his 3 siblings. So happy the driver has a jail sentence, is seems too short for the crime involved!
beckysensei February 16, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Sorry...my only excuse is I have a 3 year old. All time is mushed together anymore.


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