Steinheimer violates bond with weekend arrest

Crystal Steinheimer

A Red Bud woman charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in the January crash that killed two young women south of Hecker violated a condition of her bond over the weekend when she was arrested for driving while license suspended in Red Bud.

Crystal Steinheimer, 20, was pulled over shortly after midnight Sunday on South Main Street in Red Bud by an officer who was responding to a call of an erratic driver, the North County News reported. The officer conducted a sobriety test and determined that Steinheimer had not been drinking. She posted bond and was released on this latest charge.

A copy of the ticket was sent to the office of Monroe County State’s Attorney Kris Reitz, who subsequently made a motion Monday to raise Steinheimer’s bond amount in the reckless homicide case because she violated a condition set by Judge Dennis Doyle that prohibits her from driving. A hearing on this motion will take place 1 p.m. Thursday at the Monroe County Courthouse in Waterloo. Steinheimer could be sent to jail at that point if unable to post the bond amount set during this hearing.

Steinheimer has entered a not guilty plea to felony charges of aggravated DUI and reckless homicide for a Jan. 10 crash that killed Red Bud area girls Abby Liefer and Hannah Porter on Route 159 south of Hecker.

According to the charges, Steinheimer, who is represented by public defender Arlie Traughber, was intoxicated the night of Jan. 10, and at 10:34 p.m., the car she was driving, a Chevrolet Aveo, crossed the center line of Route 159 near Sunset Lane, colliding with the Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Liefer. That area of the highway lies on a curve and is a no passing zone.

Liefer and Porter, a back seat passenger, were killed in the crash. Front seat passenger Grace Richards suffered only minor injuries.

Steinheimer, who was alone in her vehicle, was seriously injured. An Illinois State Police trooper testified during a preliminary hearing 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.

Judge Doyle had ordered her free on a recognizance bond as she awaited trial, but she was ordered not drive until the case is resolved.

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