Man who hit two students in car accident charged with aggravated DUI, reckless homicide

By Daily Illini Staff Report

Criminal charges have been filed against the man behind the wheel of an accident that killed one University student and injured another on Oct. 9.

Willie Craft Sr., 58, of Urbana, was charged Friday with two counts of aggravated DUI and one count of reckless homicide with a motor vehicle, according to the Champaign County Circuit Clerk.

Julie Ogle, spokeswoman for State’s attorney Julie Rietz, confirmed that there was cannabis in Craft’s system.

Craft’s next court appearance will be Dec. 6.

“He will be told what he’s charged with and what the penalties are,” Ogle said. “He will enter a plea and then we’ll go from there.”

Craft drove across the sidewalk on Lincoln Avenue several times, hitting two female students.  The accident killed Mimi Liu and injured Spandana Mantravadi. At the time of the accident, Craft was cited for improper lane usage and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.