$750,000 bond set in double fatal accident | Crime, police and courts

KANKAKEE – Javon R. Frazier, of Kankakee, the driver of a vehicle involved in a double fatal accident on Tuesday, faces six counts of aggravated DUI causing an accident resulting in death or injury.

On Friday, Kankakee County Associate Judge Brenda Claudio set Frazier’s bail at $750,000 in his first court appearance.

Kankakee County Assistant District Attorney Val Gunderson said Frazier recorded a blood alcohol level of .199 during a blood test taken at the hospital after Tuesday’s 5:55 p.m. crash on Route 17 from Illinois to Illinois Route 1. The legal limit is 0.08.

Karen K. Sutfin, 72, of Watseka, and Prince D. Trowell, 27, of Kankakee, were killed in the accident.

If Frazier posts bail, Claudio ordered that he be put on pretrial duty with the probation service and required to wear a monitor to ensure compliance with a no-drinking order.

Frazier, 24, said he plans to hire his own lawyer.

The sentence for the aggravated class of DUI he faces is six to 24 years in prison 85% served, Kankakee County Assistant District Attorney Val Gunderson said.

The case will be heard by a Kankakee County grand jury on March 31. Frazier’s next court date is April 11.

A preliminary investigation by Illinois State Police District 21 in Ashkum said the Chevrolet Colorado driven by Sutfin’s husband, Joseph, was traveling west on Highway 17 and attempting to turn left, on a green arrow traffic light, on Route 1. She was wearing a seatbelt, officials said.

The second vehicle was traveling eastbound at high speed on Illinois 17, failed to stop at a red light, and struck Sutfin’s vehicle. Trowell was a front passenger in a Buick driven by Frazier and was not wearing a seatbelt, officials said.

Joseph Sutfin, 77, remains hospitalized with multiple injuries, Gunderson said.

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