Elburn woman indicted in 2009 fatal crash

By on July 3, 2010

Updated July 3, 2010 at 12:27 p.m.

An Elburn woman has been indicted in a March 2009 crash that killed a McHenry County man.

Linda L. Knotts, 45, of the 300 block of Dempsey Street, Elburn, was indicted June 29, 2010, by a Kane County grand jury, on one count of reckless homicide, a Class 3 felony, one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class 2 felony, and one count of driving under the influence, a Class A misdemeanor.

After the indictment, Associate Judge James C. Hallock signed a warrant for Knotts’ arrest and set her bail at $500,000.

Knotts surrendered at about 2 p.m. Friday at the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the indictment, on March 20, 2009, Knotts was driving south on Illinois Route 47 in Kane County with cocaine in her system and was in possession of less than 15 grams of cocaine. Knotts exceeded the posted maximum speed limit and failed to decrease speed to avoid an accident while maneuvering a curve and approaching a hill crest, attempted to pass vehicles in a no-passing zone, created a hazard for other drivers, passed vehicles in a no-passing zone and struck a vehicle driven by 54-year-old William McKenzie of Marengo, Ill., causing McKenzie’s death.

If convicted of the most serious charge, Knotts could be sentenced to probation or between three and seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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

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