Aurora woman could face prison time for role in fatal 2009 motorcycle crash

By on December 16, 2011

ST. CHARLES—An Aurora woman awaits sentencing that could include prison time for her role in a deadly crash on Route 47 that killed two area motorcyclists and injured several others nearly three years ago.

Alia N. Bernard, 27, pleaded guilty and will return to court Feb. 8, 2012, to learn if she is sentenced to probation or between six and 28 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. She remains free on a $5,000 bond.

On May 23, 2009, Bernard was driving southbound on Route 47 when she allegedly struck a vehicle stopped behind two others setting off a chain reaction that pushed the first vehicle into the path of a group of oncoming motorcycles. Wade Thomas, 44, and his passenger and wife Denise Thomas, 45, were both killed when Wade’s Harley Davidson motorcycle struck a vehicle that was pushed into his path.

Toxicology tests show that Bernard had cannabis in her system when the crash occurred.