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Teen charged in fatal Alpine Road accident


A 16-year-old faces multiple charges, including reckless homicide, after the car he was driving hit and killed a woman Sunday afternoon.

Police say the teen and two others, a 15-year-old boy and 17-year-old Corey J. Butler, were breaking into cars in the parking lot of Holy Family Church when their car was spotted by a deputy with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department.

The teens fled in the car, going southbound on North Alpine, striking the SUV Karen Shafer was driving at the intersection of Alpine and Brendenwood. The 58-year-old nurse, who was on her way to mass at Holy Family, died shortly afterward.

All three teens were treated at local hospitals and released on Tuesday. The driver of the car, a 16-year-old Rockford boy, faces the following charges in the death of Shafer:

  • Reckless Homicide
  • Aggravated DUI Drugs Involving Death
  • Aggravated DUI Drugs Involving Great Bodily Harm (2 counts)
  • DUI Drugs
  • Aggravated Reckless Driving (2 counts)
  • Fleeing to Elude (4 counts)
  • Driving with a Suspended License
  • Various other traffic offenses

All three teens were on probation and found to be in violation.

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