Man Accused in Fatal DUI Crash That Killed Aurora Girl Gets 13 Years In Prison
A man from Aurora has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for a drunken driving crash in the city that killed Katie Jonak, aged 9 of Aurora back in 2016.Anthony S. Potochney, aged 26, was sentenced by Kane County Associate Judge Linda S. Abrahamson on Thursday.Potochney had pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated DUI, one Class 2 felony and two Class 4 felonies and failure to stop after an accident involving personal injury or death, a Class 4 felony on Oct. 27, 2017.
Jody Gleason, Kane County First Assistant State’s Attorney and Christine Bayer, Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney stated in court that Katie Jonak was riding in a left side rear passenger seat of a minivan driven by her mother,after 9 p.m. Oct. 7, 2016, according to a press release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.
At approximately 9:12 p.m., the minivan was northbound on Broadway south of Pierce Street in Aurora when the 2003 Cadillac Deville that Potochney was driving on southbound Broadway crossed into the northbound lane, according to the release.Katie’s mother tried to avoid the Cadillac, but Potochney struck the left side of the minivan and when his vehicle came to a stop, Potochney ran away from the scene.The girls were on their way home from a play rehearsal when the accident took place.
Katie was pronounced dead after a short time at the hospital and was unresponsive when medics arrived at the spot. One of the other children in the vehicle was hospitalized for a bruised lung and other injuries. Another child was hospitalized with a broken bone.Potochney was taken into custody shortly thereafter by Aurora police, and the police noted the odors of marijuana and alcohol on him. As per the investigation,Potochney’s Cadillac was traveling at around 75 mph in a 35 mph zone moments before impact. Potochney’s blood sample drawn 4½ hours later at the hospital revealed a blood-alcohol concentration of .193 which is more than twice the legal limit as well as the presence of marijuana.
Potochney admitted to police that he had consumed six beers, four rum drinks and smoked marijuana the evening of the crash and faced penalty for drug driving among others.
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