A Godfrey man is facing more charges in connection with a traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 73-year-old man earlier this year.
Jacob L. Fickle, 24, of 204 Mercury Drive, was charged Tuesday with aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death.
On Jan. 15 -- two days after the crash that killed 73-year-old Marlin F. Bushnell -- Fickle was charged with leaving the scene of a traffic accident resulting in a death.
The new charges stem from lab results received on March 7, said Capt. T. Mike Dixon with the Madison County Sheriff's Office. The Illinois State Police Forensic Services Division completed an analysis of biological samples taken from Fickle during the initial investigation. It revealed the presence of cannabis, cocaine, the prescription drug Alprazolam, and a blood alcohol level in excess of the legal limit of .08, Dixon said.
According to police reports, at about 10:45 p.m. Jan. 13 a sport utility vehicle plowed into a house in the 100 block of Saturn Drive, killing Bushnell who was inside the home.
Officers got a call a few minutes before the fatal crash about a domestic disturbance a block away on Mercury Drive, police said.
The suspected driver of the vehicle, who was identified by family members as Fickle, fled the scene on foot after crashing into the home. Deputies located Fickle on the parking lot of the Beer Barrel Pub in Godfrey. Fickle was taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Jail.
In connection with the original disturbance, Fickle also was charged with two counts of domestic battery, a misdemeanor. Fickle allegedly battered two separate family members during the disturbance and forcefully took the keys to the suspect vehicle from one of the victims, according to police.
Fickle also was issued traffic citations for driving while license revoked and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Fickle is being held on $150,000 bail.
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