Robbie Darnell

Robbie Darnell

An Equality, Ill. man has been sentenced to prison in connection with a head-on traffic crash more than a year ago that claimed the lives of a Norris City woman and her daughter.

Robbie W. Darnell, 42 has been sentenced to 30 months in prison following a contested sentencing hearing last week in White County Circuit Court. Judith Ann Egan, 67 and her daughter, Michelle Rene Egan, 40 died in the crash. Darnell was sentenced to prison on a conviction of Reckless Homicide, a Class-3 felony.

The accident that claimed the lives of the two women happened around 10:15 p.m. on the evening of April 22, 2019 on Illinois Route 141 just east of the Little Wabash River bridge in southern White County. Illinois State Police stated that Judith Egan was driving a Honda Accord with Darnell driving a GMC Yukon. Both vehicles collided head-on. 

Darnell pled guilty to the Reckless Homicide charge on Aug. 17, 2020 with his sentencing hearing conducted on Oct. 19. White County State's Attorney Denton Aud presented six victim impact statements from family and friends of the victims as well as testimony from three witnesses which included an Illinois State Police traffic crash expert. Darnell's defense attorney, Brian Shinkle called four witnesses, including the defendant.

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