Springfield, Illinois – A woman, who was wanted after fatally crashing into a Springfield Man after fleeing from Sangamon County Sheriff Deputies, is now in custody at the Sangamon County Jail.
According to police, Ladeja P. Frazier, age 23, was wanted for several charges after she fled from Sangamon County Sheriff Deputies on On March 2, 2020 around 7:30 p.m. According to reports, a Sangamon County Sheriff Deputy attempted to stop a 2007 gray Pontiac G6 on 17th and Stuart. Frazier, who was the driver, fled from deputies, without lights, and had a minor in her vehicle, who was under the age of 12. According to Sangamon County Prosecutors, that minor was also improperly secured in the vehicle.
While fleeing from Deputies, Frazier approached the area of E. Laurel St. and 19th St., where she crashed into 28 year old Sean Richie. Richie’s son, Jaylen, was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
A few days after the crash, on March 11, 2020, Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon confirmed to us that Richie had died at 6:03 p.m., at St. John’s Hospital. An autopsy was preformed and Allmon said, “preliminary cause of death is blunt force injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision (that occurred on March 2, 2020).”
No immediate charges were filed as a result of the fatal accident, and the investigation was handed over to The Illinois State Police although the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department was the lead agency in the pursuit of Frazier.
According to Sangamon County Prosecutors, Frazier, who was under the influence of cannabis, “fled after being given a visual or audible signal by Deputy A. Smith, a peace officer of the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, and that such flight included speeds greater than 21 miles over the speed limit.”
As a result of the investigation by The Illinois State Police, Frazier was indicted by a Sangamon County Grand Jury. She was indicted for Aggravated driving under the influence (of cannabis), a class 2 felony, Reckless Homicide, Aggravated reckless driving, Reckless Conduct, Aggravated Reckless Driving, Driving while license revoked and Aggravated Reckless Driving, all class 4 felonies.
Frazier, who was arrested in Dallas, Texas for the Sangamon County Warrant, was booked into the Sangamon County Jail on Friday, November 20, 2020. According to records, Frazier appeared before a judge earlier today and has hired Springfield Criminal Defense Attorney, Mark Wykoff to represent her in this case.
Bond has been set in the amount of $750,000, with 10 percent to apply, so Frazier will need to pay $75,000 to be released from jail.
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