Corrections officer indicted in fatal DUI crash

By on March 12, 2010

Kane County—A state corrections officer has been indicted on drunken driving charges in a 2008 fatal two-vehicle crash that occurred while he was on his way to work.

Reginald Hearon, 50, of the 3500 block of Boyer Lane, Plano, Ill., was indicted March 2 by a Kane County grand jury on three counts of aggravated DUI, each a Class 2 felony, and one count of reckless homicide, a Class 3 felony.

At about 5:30 a.m. Oct. 2, 2008, Hearon was driving a 1997 Ford Econoline van east on Fabyan Parkway in Blackberry Township when he attempted to pass vehicles in a posted no-passing zone, a two-lane stretch between Hughes Road and Main Street. Hearon’s eastbound van entered the lane for westbound traffic and struck head-on a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer driven by 53-year-old Craig Smith of St. Charles. The Blazer was westbound on Fabyan Parkway. Smith died at the scene. 

Hearon works as a guard at the Illinois Youth Center at St. Charles.

The investigation revealed that Hearon had an unlawful amount of alcohol and codeine in his system at the time of the crash that impaired his ability to drive.

After the indictment, Associate Judge James C. Hallock signed a warrant for Hearon’s arrest and set his bail at $500,000. Hearon surrendered March 3 to the Kane County Sheriff’s Department.

If convicted of the most serious charges, Hearon faces a sentence of between three and 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The charges against Hearon are not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.