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Man pleads guilty to DUI in deadly 2017 car crash case

Lucas Roth
Lucas Roth

A Missouri man pleaded guilty to driving drunk in connection with a 2017 crash that killed a 60-year-old man on Interstate 55 in Channahon.

Lucas Roth, 30, was sentenced to about four and a half years in prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence, said Will County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney.

Roth was arrested on Aug. 9, 2017, after he struck a car driven by Michael D. DeBoard on I-55 near Bluff Road in Channahon, Illinois State Police said. Roth had a blood-alcohol concentration above the legal limit of 0.8% while he was driving, police said.

The crash caused DeBoard’s car to roll over and he was transported to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where he died from his injuries on Aug. 21, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Court records show Roth failed to appear in court on Aug. 20 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. After he appeared in court the next day, he was booked into the Will County jail and he has remained there since, jail records show.

DeBoard’s wife, Sandra DeBoard, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Roth on Jan. 4, 2018. Court records indicate a settlement was reached between the parties and the lawsuit was dismissed on Oct. 2.

Her lawsuit alleged Roth failed to keep proper lookout for other cars, failed to see Michael DeBoard’s car, failed to maintain proper control of his car, failed to operate the car to avoid a collision, drove intoxicated and was otherwise careless and negligent.

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