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Driver accused of painting nails in fatal wreck surrenders
Daily Herald Staff Report

Lora Hunt

 

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Published: 9/17/2009 3:48 PM

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The driver who authorities say was painting her nails when she hit and killed a motorcyclist has turned herself in to Lake County authorities.

Lora L. Hunt, 48, of Morris, was indicted on six counts of reckless homicide by a Lake County grand jury on Wednesday. She surrendered Thursday and was released on $10,000 bail.

Police say Hunt told them shortly after the May 2 accident that she was painting her fingernails as she drove at about 50 mph toward the intersection of Rand and Old McHenry roads, and did not see motorcyclist Anita Zaffke until after she hit her.

Zaffke, 56, of Lake Zurich, was stopped at a traffic signal when she was struck.

Hunt's attorney, Jeff Tomczak, was not immediately available for comment.

Hunt initially was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, but the charge was dropped to avoid potential double-jeopardy problems, where she couldn't be tried in a crime of which she was already convicted or acquitted, officials said.

Hunt faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the reckless homicide charges. She will next appear in court on Oct. 8.