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Stephanie Pickett (18) was killed in a DUI incident
Alcohol-Related Automobile Accident
Published: May 05, 2013 @ 3:23 AM
Stephanie Pickett (18)
Apr 23, 2013
Cause of Death:
Alcohol Related Auto Accident
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A suburban man is being held on $1 million bail and has been charged with driving under the influence after a one-vehicle crash that killed an 18-year-old high school student, police said Friday.
Karlos Leath, 31, was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer south on Shaffner Road near Mack Road near Wheaton about 10:30 p.m. Thursday when he lost control of the SUV, which veered off the road and rolled over, according to the DuPage County state attorney's office.
Police closed Shaffner Road in both directions for five hours overnight.
Stephanie Pickett, a Wheaton Warrenville South High School senior who was in Leath's vehicle, was taken to Central DuPage Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Leath, of the 29W500 block of Country Ridge Drive in Warrenville, was injured and also taken to Central DuPage Hospital. He was charged with two counts of DUI causing a death, authorities said. He appeared in court Friday and was ordered held on $1 million bail.
In 2003, Leath was required to get high-risk insurance and his license was suspended after he failed to do so. He was later convicted of driving with a suspended license in 2009 and in 2011, according to secretary of state records.
His license was reinstated last month, according to state records.
Pickett started working at Happy Paws Pet Resort in Carol Stream about a month ago. She helped clean kennels and take care of the animals, owner John Marek said.
"She very much enjoyed working with dogs," he said. "She only started working here. … She was very outgoing, very exuberant."
Erica Loiacono, director of public relations for District 200, issued a statement from Wheaton Warrenville South High School, saying, "Stephanie Pickett was an outgoing, friendly, and kindhearted student who will be missed by students and staff alike. We extend our deepest condolences to Stephanie's family."
Loiacono said the district's crisis team was offering assistance to students and staff.
"Our thoughts and condolences are with the Pickett family and friends," the district statement said.
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