Driver in fatal limo crash sentenced to probation

Driver in fatal limo crash sentenced to probation

A Janesville man who was driving a limousine that was in a deadly crash in the Chicago area last year has pleaded guilty to a charge related to the crash.

The State Attorney’s Office in Kane County told News 3 Aaron Nash pleaded guilty Thursday to a violation of motor carrier safety law by driver and was sentenced to two years of probation. He could have faced up to three years in jail.

On March 25, 2016, Nash was driving a white 1998 Lincoln Limousine with six passengers. One of the passengers, Terri Schmidt, 53, of Monona, died as a result of injuries she suffered in the crash.

The limo was headed east on Interstate 90 at mile post 55.8 when it exited the marked lane, drove into the construction area, struck a barricade wall, flipped and landed on its roof.

Nash and the other five passengers also suffered various injuries.

The Illinois State Police said an investigation into the incident revealed that under federal commercial motor vehicle law, Nash was not lawfully licensed to drive the limousine because he was not 21 years old.

At the time of the crash, Nash was working as a driver for Lyons Limousine of Edgerton.