Rockford man charged with reckless homicide for fatal Tuesday morning crash

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Darious McClendon, 21, has been charged with Reckless Homicide after police say he was involved in a crash Tuesday morning which killed one woman and injured another.

According to Rockford Police, McClendon lost control of his vehicle and crashed into another car around 12 a.m. on Tuesday at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Kishwaukee Street.

A 45-year-old woman in the second car died a short time later, and another 18-year-old girl suffered non-life threatening injuries.

McClendon has several prior criminal convictions. In 2020, he plead guilty to possession of a firearm without a FOID card and resisting arrest for what police described as a “gang related shooting” on Quincy Circle, for which he served 128 days in prison and 24 months probation; in April 2021, he pleaded guilty to aggravated domestic battery for a January 2020 incident and was sentenced to 30 months probation.

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