Online Staff Report
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced that on Thursday, May 8, Joshua Peppers, 32, pleaded guilty to failure to report an accident involving death in front of Judge Fernando Engelsma.
As part of his plea, Peppers was sentenced to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Peppers was arrested after a deadly accident that happened in September 2013 accident that happened on Sandy Hollow Road and 35th Street. The crash killed Clinton Siens, a worker walking along Sandy Hollow Road.
After hitting Siens, Peppers sped away in a maroon minivan. Police found several pieces of debris from that minivan at the scene of the accident. Peppers was arrested shortly after, but never called in to report the crash.
Failure to report an accident involving death is a Class 1 felony, punishable by a sentence of four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.