Steinheimer on house arrest after posting bond

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Crystal Steinheimer 

The Red Bud woman accused of aggravated DUI and reckless homicide in the Jan. 10 deaths of two young women was released from Monroe County Jail after her family posted bond last week.

Crystal Steinheimer, 21, had been in county jail in Waterloo since mid-July, when her bond was raised by a judge after she was arrested in Red Bud for driving on a suspended license.

Her family posted the $2,500 bond (10 percent of the bail amount set at $25,000) required to release Steinheimer from jail on Nov. 4, court information states. She remains on house arrest and must wear an electronic monitoring device at all times while her case is pending.

Steinheimer faces felony charges following a Jan. 10 crash south of Hecker on Route 159.

Steinheimer’s northbound 2008 Chevrolet Aveo crossed the center line shortly after 10:30 p.m., police said, colliding with a southbound 2007 Chevy Cobalt driven by Abby Liefer, 19.
Liefer and Porter, a passenger in Liefer’s car, died from injuries sustained in the crash. A third occupant of Liefer’s car, Grace Richards, suffered relatively minor injuries. All four women involved were from the Red Bud area.

Steinheimer was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the crash.

An Illinois State Police trooper testified during a preliminary hearing this summer that tests taken at Saint Louis University Hospital when Steinheimer arrived indicated a blood alcohol level of .179 — more than twice the legal limit of .08. Steinheimer was 20 at the time of the crash.

The next hearing for Steinheimer is set for Jan. 6 at the Monroe County Courthouse.

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