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Chicago man charged in fatal I-80 crash

Back in hospital, Marsh faces aggravated DUI charge

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 8:12 a.m. CDT

A Chicago man has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence after he allegedly drove drunk and in the wrong direction on Interstate 80, killing a Bridgeview man.

Rodgerick Q. Marsh, 30, was brought to the Grundy County Jail at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, but by Tuesday morning he was taken to Morris Hospital because his injuries were bleeding, said Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan.

He is currently under police watch at the hospital, said Callahan, and will be brought back to the Grundy jail when he is released. Callahan said it could be a couple of days before he is back in the jail.

While Marsh was back in the hospital Tuesday, state police filed a criminal complaint with the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s office and obtained a warrant for aggravated DUI, said Callahan.

Marsh’s bail is set at $500,000, with 10 percent to apply, which would be $50,000 cash bond.

Abed M. Bader, 66, was the victim in the accident that occurred Saturday morning, just after midnight, on eastbound I-80, near Nettle School Road.

The green mini van Marsh was driving was traveling west on the eastbound side of the highway when he hit Bader head-on. Bader was working for a medication delivery company and was heading home from a delivery in Spring Valley, according to Grundy County Coroner John Callahan. The coroner said there was no evidence of braking from either vehicle.

Bader came to a stop in the eastbound lane and Marsh ended up in the median. As Bader’s vehicle was stopped, it was then hit by a semi truck. The truck driver was not injured.

“I think it is reasonably safe to say he passed from the first collision (with the mini van),” said Coroner Callahan Monday.

An aggravated DUI charge is a Class 2 felony, punishable by up to 14 years in prison, according to State’s Attorney Jason Helland.

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