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Motorcyclist gets 3 years for fatal Lake Shore Drive crash

Charles Lyons

A southwest suburban man has been sentenced to three years in prison for fatally striking a German woman with his motorcycle last year on Lake Shore Drive near Grant Park.

Charles Lyons of Evergreen Park pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving resulting in bodily harm Tuesday before Judge Maura Slattery Boyle, according to Cook County court records.

About 10:25 p.m. on Oct, 19, 2015, Lyons was riding his motorcycle between stopped cars in the 700 block of South Lake Shore Drive. He went through a red light, and struck a man and woman as they were crossing the street, authorities said at the time.

The woman, identified as 25-year-old Katrin Kutscheidt of Germany, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, authorities said. The 41-year-old man was taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital.

Lyons, who was 20 at the time of the crash, was also injured and was taken in serious condition to Northwestern.

Judge Boyle sentenced Lyons to three years in prison Tuesday, according to court records. He will receive credit for 288 days served in the Cook County Jail, and will have to serve one year of supervised release.