CLARE – A 54-year-old Elgin woman remained in critical condition Sunday night after an SUV with two women accused of illegally having alcohol pulled in front of her car.
Jody F. Stepnowski was the passenger in a sedan driving west on Route 64 about 9:30 a.m. Sunday when an SUV driving north on Malta Road went through the stop sign, according to a DeKalb County Sheriff's Office news release. The sedan collided with the passenger side of the SUV, and both vehicles rolled into a field.
The SUV's driver, Kori Nickence, 20, of the 400 block of East Main Street in Plano, was charged with disobeying a stop sign, driving without insurance and illegal possession of alcohol. The passenger in the SUV, Cassandra A. McGuire, 19, of the 500 block of East Jefferson Street in Malta, was charged with illegal possession of alcohol.
All five people involved with the crash were taken to Kishwaukee Hospital, with Stepnowski being transferred to OSF St. Anthony's Medical Center in Rockford. A Kishwaukee Hospital nursing supervisor said condition reports were not available Sunday evening for Nickence, McQuire or the sedan's two other occupants: Frank E. Stepnowski, 54, and Joseph F. Stepnowski, 22, both of Elgin.