By Jim Hagerty
Anthony Crose will spend the next six months in jail after being sentenced Thursday, March 27, on four founts of aggravated reckless driving.
Crose, 35, is the Rockford man found guilty of lesser charges last month, more than two years after the Ford Mustang he was driving crossed the center line and hit a minivan on Bypass 20 near Alpine Road.
Crose’s wife and 15-year-old stepson were ejected from the car and died as the result of their injuries. His 13-year-old daughter was also one of three people injured in the crash.
Crose was initially charged with two counts of aggravated reckless homicide and five counts aggravated reckless driving. Police say he was driving at speeds of up to 125 mph when he lost control and hit a Dodge Caravan driven by 58-year-old Mark Mathias, of Roscoe, Ill.
Mathias spent the next nine days after the crash unconscious in a local hospital before waking up to two collapsed lungs, a broken hip and leg, and a crushed ankle. His son, 15-year-old Jared Mathias, suffered a lacerated kidney and ruptured spleen.
Mathias’ wife and another son were also passengers in the van but were not injured.
Crose is represented by Debra Schafer of Sreenan & Cain. The defense said Thursday, March 27, that it plans to file a motion to grant Crose work release while he serves his sentence at the Winnebago County Jail.
Posted March 28, 2014