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Orland Park man gets 4 1/2 years for fatal DUI crash

Nicholas Sord. Photo from Illinois Department of Corrections.

(MARKHAM) A southwest suburban man who pleaded guilty to driving drunk and causing a 2009 car crash that killed his former girlfriend has been sentenced to prison.

Nicholas Sord, 26, of Orland Park pleaded guilty Oct. 2 to a felony charge of aggravated DUI causing a fatal accident, according to court records. He was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison Friday by Judge Frank Zelezinski, records show.

Sord, the son of a south suburban developer and restaurateur Bryan Sord, had also been charged with reckless homicide following the Dec. 31, 2009, crash that killed 20-year-old Jessica Mejia of New Lenox, the Southtown Star previously reported.

The crash happened at 4:20 a.m. near 147th Street and Oak Park Avenue in unincorporated Bremen Township. Sord was driving a Mercedes SUV that went out of control and hit a pole, killing Mejia, who was pronounced dead a short time later at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey.

Sord, who suffered cuts and a broken wrist, told Cook County sheriff’s police that he had been out with friends, then picked up Mejia at her home and they were headed to his home at the time of the crash.

Police said Sord had a blood-alcohol level of .236 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, at the time of the crash.

Mejia, a Lincoln-Way Central High graduate who was attending UIC, had dated Sord, but the two broke up in the summer of 2009, according to her family.

Her family has a lawsuit pending against Sord in Cook County Circuit Court, as well as a complaint against Cook County sheriff’s police, alleging officers investigating the crash removed her clothing and took nude photos of her on the side of the road. The department vehemently denies the allegations.