Metro-East News

ESL man gets 6 1/2 years in crash that killed one woman, injured another

An East St. Louis man was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Thursday to driving drunk in a crash that claimed the life of an 86-year-old woman.

Emanuel O. Brooks, 31, was sentenced by St. Clair County Chief Judge John Baricevic.

Bush’s attorney, Van Lear Eckert, asked for probation, noting Bush had no previous felony convictions. Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Connor asked for 12 years in prison.

“This defendant took an innocent life, and no matter what happens today, he will see his family again and (the victim) will not,” Connor said.

Angela Dae, who is a granddaughter of Helen Bush, who died in the accident, read a statement during the sentencing. Angela Dae also is a granddaugther of Teenette Dae, 72, who was seriously injured in the crash.

“After the crash, I was angry because it was the recklessness of one person who put us in this havoc,” Dae said.

Dae described her grandmother Bush as a “wonderful, generous and God-fearing woman.” She also told Baricevic about her grandmother Dae’s recuperation from a broken spine and pelvis.

Bush and Teenette Dae were in a white 2013 Nissan traveling south on 17th Street in East St. Louis when Brooks, driving a black 1987 Monte Carlo, failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the Nissan at a high rate of speed, according to police accounts.

“My grandmothers were exceptional women who raised me together,” Angela Dae said.