Probation unlikely in Interstate 80 crash that killed Leland woman

June 3 trial set in fatal crash near Marseilles

La Salle County Courthouse

A Sterling man will stand trial June 3 on a DUI charge related to a crash that killed a Leland woman last summer on Interstate 80.

Joshua Muntean, 48, appeared Monday in La Salle County Circuit Court with La Salle defense attorney Doug Kramarsic and entered a not-guilty plea to aggravated DUI. The charge is a Class 2 felony with an extended sentencing range of three to 14 years and a limited shot at probation.

Muntean also is charged with operating a commercial motor vehicle under the influence, a Class 4 felony carrying one to three years.

Judge Cynthia M. Raccuglia ordered Muntean to return to court May 23 for a motions hearing.

According to court records, Muntean is alleged to have driven a Mack truck while under the influence of a drug or drugs on Aug. 18, 2023, near Marseilles. The resulting crash killed Joyce A. Riskedal, 54, of Leland, whose sport-utility vehicle collided with Muntean’s semi and a second vehicle before her SUV overturned.

The filing of the felony charge comes about five months after the crash, which is not uncommon in drug-related fatalities. Investigators can wait weeks or longer for accident reconstructions and for laboratory results showing intoxication.