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Rockford woman charged in crash that injured SUV driver

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD — An arrest warrant has been and issued for a Rockford woman who prosecutors say caused a traffic accident that seriously injured the driver an SUV earlier this month.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross said in a release Thursday that 51-year-old Sheila L. Foerster was speeding the morning of Feb. 2 when she ran a red light at the intersection of Broadway and Parkside Drive and hit the victim’s vehicle. The victim was treated for serious injuries and survived.

Hite Ross said Foerster was also taken to the hospital.

Police reconstructed the the accident and turned the findings over the state’s attorney’s office, and Foerster was subsequently indicted by the grand jury. She is charged with four counts of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs, causing great bodily harm, and four counts of reckless driving. She is wanted on a $100,000 warrant.

Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of drugs causing great bodily harm is a Class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years is prison. Authorities say Foerster is eligible for a term of 1-12 years behind bars if convicted. She’s eligible for a sentence of one to six years in prison if Foerster is convicted of aggravated reckless driving, which is also a Class 4 felony. R.

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