Police: Driver Was High In Accident That Killed 2 Near Crete

CRETE TOWNSHIP, Ill. (STMW) — The driver in a crash that killed two 21-year-old women Sunday has been charged with driving under the influence of cannabis.   

Velar Mayfield, 23, of 707 Wright Road in University Park, has been charged while in good condition at St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields, Will County Sheriff’s police said.

Mayfield was driving a four-door Chevrolet just before 12:05 p.m. Sunday in the 3000 block of East Bemes Road when he hit a patch of ice, lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree, Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said.

Two eyewitnesses said the Chevy had just come over a hill when the accident occurred.

Sarah C. Shepard, of Park Forest, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Cheyenne Cardosi, of Cedar Lake, Ind., was transported to St. Margaret’s Hospital in Dyer, Ind., where she was pronounced dead.

Will County Coroner Patrick K. O’Neil said an autopsy performed Monday confirmed Shepard’s death was the result of multiple injuries from the crash.

A profile that appears to belong to Mayfield on the social website MySpace is titled “(Expletive) u if u against me” and lists “smoking” among his top interests.

Mayfield was arrested Oct. 30, 2005, for allegedly carrying 3 grams of cannabis when he was a passenger in a car stopped by Chicago Heights police.

On Sept. 3, 2009, Crete police stopped Mayfield for driving without headlights at Main and First streets and allegedly found 1.6 grams of marijuana in the car.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • big shoulders

    So he had a minor amount of pot on him earlier, why does that matter? And how do they know that he was under the influence? Did he confess or did they a drug test — which doesn’t show a distinction between having done it recently or two weeks prior?

  • http://httpwww.google.comsearchqoscar2011.blogomatic.object-ive.com/?p=639 Rupert Murdoch at 80 : httpwww.google.comsearchqoscar2011

    […] Police: Driver Was High In Accident That Killed 2 Near Crete Velar Mayfield, 23, was under the influence of cannabis when the car he was driving crashed into a tree Sunday afternoon, killing two young women who were his passengers, authorities said. Read more CBS Chicago […]

  • Bill S. from Joliet

    Why? That is the question.

  • grieving girl

    All those ppl in the car were my cousins and i love and miss chey and sarah but im gettin tire of ppl crucifying my cousin V. it was a car accident hence the word accident. he loved both girls and he already feels bad. is it not enough that he has this accident on his conscience for the rest of his life. LEAVE HIM ALONE and let our family grieve properly…!!!

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Weather Reports Delivered To You!SIGN UP NOW: Get daily weather reports every morning from meteorologist Steve Baskerville!
CBS Sports Radio RoundupGet your latest sports talk from across the country.

Listen Live