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Aurora woman pleads guilty to fatal DUI crash

LindKnotts has been sentenced serve 7 years prisfor fatal crash Route 47 near Sugar Grove.

Linda Knotts has been sentenced to serve 7 years in prison for a fatal crash on Route 47 near Sugar Grove.

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Updated: February 26, 2013 6:35AM

An Aurora woman will serve seven years in prison for a 2009 fatal drunken driving crash on Route 47 north of Sugar Grove.

Linda L. Knotts, 48, of the 200 block of East Galena Boulevard, pleaded guilty Thursday in Kane County Court to one count of aggravated driving under the influence, a Class 2 felony. Knotts had cocaine in her system at the time of the crash.

Prosecutors said that at about 5:30 p.m. March 20, 2009, Knotts was driving her yellow 2007 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up south in the northbound lane on Route 47 near Merrill Road and crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by 54-year-old William McKenzie of Marengo.

McKenzie was pronounced dead a short time later at a nearby hospital.

Just before the crash, motorists had called 911 to report a yellow pick-up driving erratically at high speeds and passing numerous vehicles.

A traffic reconstruction revealed that Knotts’ pick-up was traveling 73 mph when it struck McKenzie’s vehicle, and that McKenzie’s vehicle was traveling within the posted 55 mph speed limit, police said.

Just 20 minutes before the crash, Knotts, who was living in Elburn at the time, was pulled over by Kane County sheriff’s deputies near Pouley Road on Route 38. She was issued a ticket for illegal lane usage, then drove away, crashing into McKenzie eight miles later.

Knotts remains free on $4,000 bond. Judge James Hallock granted Knotts’ request to surrender Jan. 30, 2013, to begin her sentence.

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