Man charged in fatal Memorial Day crash to enter plea, receive sentence in June

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Breeden Wike | Photo courtesy of Adams County Jail

QUINCY — A Quincy man charged in a fatal Memorial Day crash will enter a plea and be sentenced in June.

Breeden Wike, 21, appeared in Adams County Circuit Court Tuesday morning before Judge Tad Brenner. Wike is represented by Chief Public Defender Todd Nelson. 

After briefly consulting with Wike, Nelson informed Brenner of Wike’s decision to plea. Wike will be back in court on June 5.

Wike faces charges of reckless homicide, aggravated reckless driving, disobeying a traffic light, leaving the scene of an accident, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, disregarding a stop sign and failure to reduce speed following a May 30 crash at 12th and Locust that resulted in the death of a Quincy woman. 

He pleaded not guilty on July 19.

According to Quincy Police, Wike was driving his truck west on Locust at a high rate of speed before 9:30 a.m. Memorial Day, ran a red light at the 12th and Locust intersection and hit an SUV driven by Kayla Smith, 39, of Quincy. She was pronounced dead at Blessing Hospital later that day. 

Reckless homicide is a Class 3 felony, punishable for between two and five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Aggravated reckless driving is a Class 4 felony, punishable for between one and three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Wike remains in the Adams County Jail on $250,000 bond.

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