Cops: Man On Heroin And Texting Caused Fatal Crash

YORKVILLE, Ill. (STMW) — A southwest suburban man had been taking heroin and was texting at the time he caused a fatal accident two months ago in rural Kendall County, authorities alleged Tuesday.

Bryan C. James, 21, of the 300 block of Illini Drive in Yorkville, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant charging one count of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs and three counts of reckless homicide, according to the Kendall County Sheriff’s office.

On April 26 at about 4:35 p.m., sheriff’s deputies and Illinois State Police responded to a two-vehicle accident on Fox River Drive, just north of River Road in unincorporated Plano, a sheriff’s police report said.

James was driving a 1999 Dodge Dakota southbound on Fox River Drive when he crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic and struck a 1993 Saturn SW1 driven by Stephen Cockriel, 59, of Plano, according to the report.

The vehicles collided head-on before the Saturn left the roadway and struck a guard rail, the report said. A 2002 Chevrolet Impala heading north on Fox River Drive was also struck by the other two vehicles.

Cockriel was pronounced dead on the scene while James was taken to Rush-Copley Hospital in Aurora in stable condition. The passengers in the third vehicle — a man, woman and 1-year-old girl from Yorkville — were not injured.

Investigators later discovered that James was text messaging on his cell phone when he crossed over the center line, the release said. And toxicology reports revealed that he had evidence of heroin in his system.

James, who was arrested at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville, is being held at the Kendall County Jail on a $200,000 bond, the release said.

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  • tom Sharp

    Let’s see if this judge can find a way to sentence him to more than the 7 years the DUI, suspended license guy for for killing a 3 year old.

  • true_thought

    omg he’s white

    • South Side

      Whenever you see “heroin” these days it’s white suburban kids

    • Gregory Lewis

      I know how you feel, and yes they can be some unbearable people when they try to belittle people but can’t find anyone lower than themselves so they get involved in accusations, lies and falsehoods. But try and be a bigger and better person than these people who have had every opportunity afforded to mankind but still seek pleasure in tormenting others. The truth is he is young,a human being and his entire life has been ruined. Show some mercy and values.We don’t have to lie about our history we know who we are,be who we are and not who they and hollywood say we are.

  • fed up

    Increase bond to $500k, and force him to experience violent withdrawals from his heroin addiction without medical assistance… then let him go into shock and die while awaiting his hearing. He’ll never make it. That’s justice.

    • sympathetic

      bryan being one of my 2 best friends, that comment just kinda made me sick! tho im sure you find pleasure in that fact also. the drug was in his system that doesnt mean he was wasted at the time. but in all honesty i know for a fact that he hasnt touched the stuff since. but no, you are right, people cant possibly make mistakes unless they are evil. too bad hes probably the NICEST person i know. i once spilled a drink and damn near flipped a mustang doing 70 into the il river with my best friend at the time in the car also. so since it almost happened, whats the difference?? why dont u man up and kill me yourself?? plz do i deserve it. this is a verry touchy subject and therefore all of my condolences go to anyone involved in anything pertaining to the event. no i dont use grammar check idc just keep talking that way, only bad things will happen to you sir

  • Bob Hamilton

    Wait a minute. I have never seen any commercials saying that we should not be texting while driving while high on heroin…
    Anyway, I agree with “fed up”. Let him beat his drug problem the old fashioned way, stop taking drugs while you’re in solitary confinement.

  • Citizen for a Livable Chicago

    It’s illegal to text while driving, yet many want to make drugs like heroin legal. God help us.

  • Jake Lambert

    It’s crazy to see the situations that people are put in. Bryan was one of my childhood friends. It sucks to see things like this happen, but bad things happen every day. It’s easy to sit back and trash on someone for making bad decisions, but in reality, we’ve all messed up multiple times throughout our lives by not taking into account our actions and their effects on others. This was just one of those unfortunate times that Murphy’s Law came into effect and everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. I’m not saying that this is excusable, just that some of these comments are pretty bold for not knowing the guy. I offer my condolences to the families of all those involved.

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