On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, a woman was sentenced to prison for seven years for causing a fatal northern Illinois motorcycle crash that occurred around 8:25 a.m. on May 23, 2009. Alia Bernard, 27, set off a chain-reaction accident in northern Illinois, about 100 miles south of Madison, Wisconsin.
The two motorcyclists who were killed in the crash were riding among several dozen riders on their way to Wisconsin. Unfortunately, Bernard confessed that she reached down to get her sunglasses and couldn’t avoid hitting a Honda Civic that was stopped, waiting for the cyclists to pass so that he could turn left onto Smith Road. The force of the impact pushed the Civic into the path of the cyclists ridding north on Route 47 to Wisconsin.
Sadly, Wade and Denise Thomas, a couple from St. Charles, died, and several other riders were injured in this crash.
In December, Bernard pled guilty to aggravated driving under the influence for the May accident. Although she pleaded guilty, she said she was not under the influence that morning, but that she had used marijuana two days before the accident and residue was still in her system.
Bernard took the stand in court to explain that the sun was making things difficult to see on the morning of the crash.
Although the judge felt that Bernard did not intend to harm anyone, she did. Bernard’s attorney asked for probation, but the judge gave jail time so that it didn’t minimize the loss of life that took place.
Our Madison motorcycle accident attorneys at Hupy & Abraham would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of the victims who were killed in this motorcycle crash.