QUINCY (WGEM) — In a press conference on Friday, the Adams County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Quincy Police Department explained the changes being made in a fatal Quincy Crash.
First Assistant State's Attorney, Todd Eyler detailed the Grand Jury charges against Natasha McBride of four counts of First Degree Murder saying the charges are based on McBride's "intentional acts."
Eyler said McBride violated a traffic control device while driving at a high rate of speed knowing that her actions created a high probability of death or great bodily harm to her or others.
McBride is also being charged with four counts of Reckless Homicide, four counts of Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident and four counts of Driving While License Revoked.
Eyler added that even though the word 'accident' is in the charge, he said "that is not how we view this. This was no accident," Eyler said. "These were intentional acts on the part of the defendant."
The four counts of First Degree Murder reference the four individuals who lost their lives, Eyler said before reading the names of the victims:
54-year-old Jennifer Hendricks
Six-year-old Dakota Corrick
4-year-old Archer Corrick
21-month-old Ransom Corrick
"Those innocent lives were lost unnecessarily as a result of the intentional acts of the defendant," said Eyler.
Eyler said there was currently a $5 million arrest warrant for McBride and upon her release from Blessing Hospital she will be transferred to the Adams County Jail.
"Our office will vigorously pursue these charges and we will attempt to hold the defendant accountable for her actions," Eyler said. "As well as ensure justice for these four innocent victims."
Eyler said the range of penalties on the First Degree Murder charge is 20-60 years on each count. However, Eyler added, if McBride is convicted of more than one account, there is a mandatory natural life sentence.
Eyler said the Quincy Police Department has uncovered additional evidence that will be vital and important in the prosecution of the case.
That evidence consists of video surveillance, accident reconstruction, event data retrieval from the vehicles, and witness statements.
Eyler said that additional data was instrumental in allowing his office to file the additional charges and present those charges to the Grand Jury.
Eyler said the investigation is ongoing and they are awaiting additional information from the Illinois State Crime Lab.
Police said on Friday, August 14 McBride failed to stop at the stoplight at 4th and Broadway and struck a vehicle driven by 61-year-old Stephen Hendricks of Rushville, Illinois.
Hendricks was transported to Blessing Hospital with moderate injuries.
Police said Hendricks' wife, Jennifer of Rushville and their grandson Archer Corrick of Kirksville, Missouri, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Their other grandchildren, Dakota Corrick of Kirksville was pronounced dead at Blessing Hospital and Ransom Corrick of Kirksville was pronounced dead at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Police said McBride ran on to the Bayview Bridge after the crash, but she was eventually caught by officers.
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