Teen gets probation for fatal DUI crash
An Oak Forest teenager has pleaded guilty to being drunk when he hit and killed a 4-year-old girl in Tinley Park and has been ordered to serve two years on probation as well as community service.
Deandre Wolfe was 17 when he was charged as an adult in August 2011 with reckless homicide and aggravated drunken driving in a crash that killed Annabella Loerop, of Tinley Park, on May 9, 2011, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
Wolfe, who was 16 at the time of the crash, pleaded guilty June 13 to one count of aggravated DUI, according to state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Lisa Gordon.
Circuit Court Judge John Hynes sentenced him that day to two years’ probation, 480 hours of community service and a fine of $1,989, Gordon said.
Annabella, of the 6500 block of 175th Street, was struck in front of her house by a car driven by Wolfe that was eastbound on 175th Street, police said. She was pronounced dead at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest about 90 minutes later.
The girl had chased a basketball into the street when the car hit her, a neighbor said at the time. Two postal workers driving by seconds later stopped to help the girl.
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