Crime

Red Bud woman pleads not guilty to charges in fatal crash

Friends Abigail Liefer, left, and Hannah Porter were killed on Jan. 10 in a car crash.
Friends Abigail Liefer, left, and Hannah Porter were killed on Jan. 10 in a car crash. Provided photo

A 20-year-old Red Bud woman has pleaded not guilty to felony charges in connection with a crash earlier this year that killed two Randolph County women.

Crystal Steinheimer entered her plea in Monroe County Circuit Court on Thursday. She is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a Jan. 10 crash that resulted in the deaths of Abigail Liefer, 19, of Ruma, and Hannah Marie Porter, 20, of Red Bud.

Monroe County State’s Attorney Kris Reitz filed the charges against Steinheimer on May 29.

About 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, Steinheimer was northbound on Illinois 159 near Sunset Lane in a 2008 Chevy Aveo when she lost control of the car and crossed the center line, colliding head-on with a southbound 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Liefer. Liefer and one of her passengers, Porter, were killed in the collision.

Steinheimer and the other passenger in Liefer’s car, Grace E. Richards, 21, of Red Bud, were treated at hospitals for injuries.

Illinois State Police investigated the crash.

Steinheimer faces six to 28 years in prison on both felony counts.

Her next court hearing is scheduled for June 25.

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