Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane

Dennis Mikosz
Dennis Mikosz

Online Staff Report

Dennis Mikosz, 32, has been found guilty of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol involving death, aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless homicide, and five counts of aggravated fleeing to elude following a bench trial before Judge Joseph McGraw.

Mikosz will be sentenced at 9 a.m., Jan. 9, 2015, in Courtroom 209.

The evening of Aug. 22, 2013, Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies saw a vehicle swerving as it drove out of the parking lot of a Rockford business in the 3500 block of East State Street. Deputies pulled the vehicle over near East State Street and Dawn Avenue and could smell alcohol coming off the driver, Mikosz. As the deputies were walking back to their squad car to request assistance, Mikosz took off from the scene. He was swerving and driving at a high rate of speed along East State Street and almost struck several cars before running a red light at Mulford Road and East State Street. At Mulford and Garrett Lane, Mikosz ran another red light and slammed into a car driven by Michelle Parker. Parker died of the injuries she received in the crash. Blood tests revealed Mikosz had a blood alcohol content of almost three times the legal limit of .08 at the time of the crash.

Aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol involving death is a Class 2 felony that is punishable by a special sentence of either probation or three to 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and two years of mandatory supervised release.

Aggravated driving under the influence is a Class 2 felony that is punishable by a sentence of three to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and two years of mandatory supervised release.

Reckless homicide is a Class 3 felony that is punishable by a sentence of either probation or two to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and a year of mandatory supervised release.

Aggravated fleeing to elude is a Class 4 felony that is punishable by either probation or one to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and a year of mandatory supervised release.

Posted Nov. 20, 2014

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