Rockford man faces 63 count indictment for crash that ripped car in half, ejected a child

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — 35-year-old Russell Story was indicted on 63 counts of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Drugs for allegedly causing a serious May 2019 accident.

Rockford Police reported arriving at an accident scene at the intersection of N. Main and Elmwood around 10:41 a.m. on May 15th, where a car had been ripped in half by the force of the collision.

Police said two adults and a minor were taken to the hospital, the minor having been ejected from the vehicle in the crash.

Reports said the child suffered from serious injuries, including a collapsed lung.

A Winnebago County Grand Jury handed down the 63 count indictment against Story on Wednesday, December 18th.

Police accused Story of blowing through a traffic light at a high rate of speed within a 45 mph zone.

Toxicology results later revealed Story had hydrocodone and high levels of cannabis in his system, according to police.

Story faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

He’s due to appear in court on Thursday, December 19th.

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