Man charged in fatal Champaign crash

By Brittany Abeijon

Marc Featherstone, who will be 24 on Tuesday, is accused of killing Kara Holt, 29, of Gibson City in a car collision at the intersection of Healey Street and Prospect Avenue in Champaign about 10:50 p.m. last Thursday.

Featherstone is scheduled to appear back in court Feb. 28 to be tried on charges of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and killing a woman.

If convicted, Featherstone faces a sentence of between three and 14 years in prison.

A witness reported that Featherstone was “flying down Healey in the 800 block about 50 to 60 mph” when he ran the stop sign at Prospect Avenue and hit the driver’s side of Ms. Holt’s car. She was driving south on Prospect; he was westbound on Healey.

A witness saw Featherstone get out of the passenger side of his car. He was found lying on the ground in the yard of a house in the 900 block of West Healey Street.

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Ms. Holt had to be cut out of her car; a process that police said took about 45 minutes. She was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital at 11:30 p.m.

Featherstone admitted to police that he had drunk about six to eight beers at Seven Saints, a downtown Champaign bar, before the crash.

His blood-alcohol level was measured at Carle at 0.176, more than twice the limit for an Illinois motorist to be presumed intoxicated.

Featherstone had a visible injury to his forehead.

Featherstone is a University alumnus employed by Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty, and is a member of Champaign Rotary as well as a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Klaus set Featherstone’s bond at $300,000, meaning he’ll have to post $30,000 cash to be released.

In 2007, Champaign Police issued 147 DUIs. Thus far this year, they have issued 9.

Paolo Cisneros contributed to this report.