PEORIA — A Putnam woman faces several years behind bars if convicted of being under the influence when she was involved in a fatal vehicle accident over the summer.
Lisa M. Gillum, 39, of 5681 N. Lake Road, was indicted Tuesday by a Peoria County grand jury on charges of aggravated DUI and reckless homicide in connection with the July 12 accident that killed Michael D. Bricker, 70, when his Ford pick-up truck was struck head on by another one driven by Gilliam.
Bricker was pronounced dead at 9:11 a.m. at the scene, just north of Grange Hall Road. THe accident occured near Jubilee College State Park, Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said at the time.
The trucks collided about 8:49 a.m. on Princeville-Jubilee Road at Chase Lane, just north of Grange Hall Road, Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said at the time.
The charges allege Gillum had cocaine, ketamine and marijuana her in her system at the time.
The first charge Gillum faces, the aggravated DUI, is the most serious. Aggravated DUI carries a possible 14-year prison term. If convicted of aggravated DUI, Stuart could receive probation, but unlike with other felony charges, the burden to remain out of custody is on Gillum, not prosecutors. She must show "extraordinary circumstances" why she should not go to prison.
Her bond is set at $50,000 and the case will be heard in Circuit Judge Kevin Lyons' courtroom.