Woman charged in fatal crash violates driving ban

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

RED BUD, Ill. (AP) – A southern Illinois judge has increased the bond for a 20-year-old woman caught driving with a suspended license while awaiting trial for reckless homicide.

Crystal Steinheimer has pleaded not guilty in Monroe County Circuit Court to charges of DUI and causing the deaths of 19-year-old Abigail Liefer and 20-year-old Hannah Marie Porter.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the judge set a $50,000 bond on Thursday after Steinheimer was pulled over earlier this week while driving after midnight in Red Bud.

She was initially released with no monetary bond on a promise to later appear in court. Her license was suspended after the fatal January collision in which her car crossed the center line on Illinois Route 159 and collided head-on with a car driven by Liefer.