SYCAMORE - A DeKalb woman is charged with reckless homicide after she was arrested this week following a June car crash during which police said she fatally struck a man while driving under the influence of drugs.
The man, Kelvin Clark, was near the 1500 block of West Lincoln Highway at about 10:40 p.m. June 10, when a car police said was driven by Ahna R. Dixon-Silva, 21, of DeKalb struck him. Clark was taken to OSF Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford, where he was later pronounced dead.
Prosecutors said Dixon-Silva, of the 700 block of North First Street in DeKalb, was under the influence of drugs at the time of the June crash. A warrant for her arrest wasn’t filed until Oct. 22, records show. She was pulled over during a traffic stop Sunday by DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies, who discovered she was wanted for the June crash.
Dixon-Silva is charged with reckless homicide, aggravated driving under the influence of drugs, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of cannabis in a motor vehicle and driving under the influence of drugs.
If convicted of the most serious crime, reckless homicide, a Class 3 felony, she could face up to 10 years in jail and fines up to $25,000.
According to DeKalb County court records, after the fatal crash, Dixon-Silva agreed to submit to a blood and urine sample with DeKalb police. The blood samples were sent to the Illinois State Police forensic lab and showed she had 3.9 millimeters of tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, the compound found in marijuana that produces the high, in her system at the time. Urine samples showed she had cocaine and cannabis in her system, records state.
Under Illinois’ cannabis law, residents can have a maximum of 30 grams of weed, 5 grams of cannabis concentrate sometimes found in ointments and other products, or up to 500 milligrams of THC in edibles.
During a search of her car, DeKalb police reportedly found burnt cannabis cigar ends and cannabis residue in the driver door arm rest, and smelled raw cannabis.
Police also reported they found a clear bag with 1.75 grams of a white powder substance later determined to be cocaine. A spoon with white powdered residue, two jars containing 3.26 grams of marijuana, and one metal tin with three 2.5-gram cannabis cigars and 0.65 grams of cannabis were also found in her car, records state.
Dixon-Silva appeared for a circuit court virtual bond hearing Monday in front of Associate Judge Joseph Voiland from the DeKalb County Jail. Voiland set her bond at $100,000. She would have to post $10,000 to get out of jail.
She next is set to appear for a status hearing on the charges at 10 a.m. Nov. 30 in front of Voiland.