Charges filed in fatal crash on Summit Street

February 23, 2014

Online Staff Report

A Rockford man was pronounced dead after the car he was in crashed into a tree Sunday morning, Feb. 23.

Police say a Chevy Impala driven by 20-year-old Martel Ford was northbound on Summit Street near Greenwood Avenue around 2 a.m. Sunday, when it struck the tree, killing the back-seat passenger.

Derek Ellis, 21, of Rockford, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ford has been charged with DUI, three counts of aggravated DUI causing death, driving on a suspended license, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, operating an uninsured vehicle and minor drinking.

A front-seat passenger was treated for non-life-threatening injures.

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