Rockford man sentenced to 10 years for fatal drunk driving crash

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — 27-year-old Joshua Stephen Thomas has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing a fatal crash which killed one person and sent another to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

on North Alpine Road on January 20th, 2019,

Rockford Police say that Thomas was under the influence of alcohol when the silver Hyundai Sonata he was driving, at 115.2 mph, according to authorities, collided with a gray Jeep Patriot SUV driven by 38-year-old Daniel Rauner, in the 1200 block of N. Alpine Road around 12:43 a.m.

Police say after his car hit a tree and started on fire, Thomas ran from the scene and was later arrested.

Rauner died from injuries suffered in the crash.

Thomas was later determined to have a blood alcohol content of excess of .16, double the legal limit.

Thomas’s passenger, Anthony Rivera, suffered internal bleeding and a compound fracture to his right leg.

Thomas was convicted of the charge of Aggravated Driving with an Alcohol Concentration of .08 or More in Blood or Breath Involving Death.

Following his sentence, Thomas is required to have 2 years of mandatory supervised release.

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