FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2020
Texas Man charged with Aggravated Reckless Driving and Reckless Conduct
Union County State’s Attorney Daniel Klingemann announced today that Derek M. Adams (DOB: 8/28/1969) of Houston, Texas has been charged with one (1) count of Aggravated Reckless Driving (Class 4 Felony) and one (1) count of Reckless Conduct (Class 4 Felony). Adams is charged after an extensive investigation by Illinois State Police following a vehicle accident on the off ramp of Interstate 57 and State Route 146, Union County, Illinois in August of 2018. Adams, while driving a commercial motor vehicle, failed to stop at a stop sign crashing into a passenger car in which one (1) adult and two (2) children were injured. One (1) of the children received life threatening injuries resulting in permanent disability.
The matter has been set for a First Appearance on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at the hour of 9:00 a.m. at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.
The Union County State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the public that charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Media: Please contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833‑5500 for any available booking photographs.