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Driver Had PCP, Weed & Booze In Her System At Time Of Fatal Crash: Charges

By Erica Demarest | September 13, 2017 5:42pm
 Tiara Richardson, 29, is charged with aggravated DUI causing death. File photo.
Tiara Richardson, 29, is charged with aggravated DUI causing death. File photo.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Bronzeville woman had alcohol, marijuana and PCP in her system when she ran a red light and caused a fatal crash early Monday, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Tiara Richardson, 29, is charged with aggravated DUI causing death.

According to authorities, Richardson was driving a 1992 Volvo with four passengers when she ran a red light at Oakley Boulevard and Van Buren Street about 12:20 a.m. Monday and crashed into a Dodge Charger in the intersection.

The Charger, which had a green light, spun out and struck a pole, Assistant State's Attorney Nora Gill said during a bond hearing Wednesday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 2650 S. California Ave.

The Volvo slammed into a concrete curb, prosecutors said. The damage to the car was so severe that all but one occupant remained stuck inside the Volvo until firemen and paramedics arrived on the scene, according to Gill.

Prosecutors said Richardson and her four passengers had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana laced with PCP prior to the crash.

One of Richardson's passengers, a 33-year-old man, died during emergency surgery at Stroger Hospital, Gill said. Other Volvo passengers suffered multiple injuries, including head trauma and broken bones.

Richardson was still hospitalized Wednesday and unable to appear in bond court.

Police could not provide a booking photo due to the hospitalization.

Cook County Judge James Brown set bail at $500,000.