Aurora man gets 8 years for DUI crash that left four injured

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Roy Lightfoot | Kane County state’s attorney’s office

A west suburban man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that left four people injured in Aurora more than two years ago.

Roy R. Lightfoot, 41, pleaded guilty Jan. 8 to aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm, and driving with a revoked license, according to the Kane County state’s attorney’s office.

About 8:20 p.m. March 10, 2014, Lightfoot was driving a red 1990 Cadillac Fleetwood east on Illinois Avenue near Lake Street in Aurora when his car jumped the median and collided head-on with a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo, according to a statement from prosecutors.

Four occupants of the Aveo — the driver and three children under the age of 12 — were taken to a hospital for treatment, prosecutors said. The driver suffered a minor spinal fracture and concussion; and a child in the backseat needed more than 20 staples for a head wound. The other two children suffered minor injuries. All have since recovered.

Lightfoot’s blood-alcohol concentration after the crash was .294, approximately four times the legal limit, prosecutors said. He had previously been convicted of DUI in 1994 and has been cited nine times for unlicensed driving.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge James Hallock “admonished Lightfoot for flaunting the law by driving without a license, specifically because Lightfoot has a vanity plate that reads “ROYSCAD,” according to the statement.

Hallock sentenced Lightfoot to eight years in prison Thursday, according to prosecutors. He must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence, and was given credit for 471 days served in the Kane County jail.

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