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Libertyville woman pleads guilty in crash which killed motorcyclist
By Tony Gordon | Daily Herald Staff

Dana Hoffman, 26

 

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Published: 4/12/2010 4:12 PM

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A Libertyville woman faces up to 14 years in prison after admitting Monday she was driving with drugs in her system when she struck and killed a motorcyclist.

Dana Hoffman, 26, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence during a hearing before Lake County Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti.

Assistant State's Attorney Victor O'Block said Hoffman, of the 1400 block of Vineyard Lane, was at the wheel of a Dodge minivan that was eastbound on Cage Road in Wauconda Township about 10:25 p.m. on July 9, 2009. The van crossed the centerline, O'Block said, and struck a westbound Harley Davidson driven by 49-year-old Michael Adcock of McHenry.

Adcock died at the scene, O'Block said, and Hoffman was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for blood tests. Those tests revealed the presence of heroin and a generic form of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in her system, he said.

A chemist determined the levels of either drug found in Hoffman's system would have impaired her driving, O'Block said.

She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance after drug paraphernalia found in the van tested positive for the presence of cocaine.

In addition to the potential prison sentence, Rossetti told Hoffman she will be eligible for a term of local jail time and probation when she returns to court May 26 for sentencing.

Hoffman is held in the Lake County jail on $250,000 bond.