Peoria man pleads not guilty to fatal DUI crash

By Beau Ebenezer

Peoria man pleads not guilty to fatal DUI crash

May 15, 2014 Updated May 15, 2014 at 5:50 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Marlon Coleman, 39, plead not guilty to an aggravated DUI charge that killed a man in April.

Police said Coleman was the driver of a car that hit a motorcycle, killing the driver and injuring the passenger.

Coleman allegedly crossed the center lane on N. Knoxville Avenue and hit another vehicle head on.

When officers arrived at the scene they found Daniel Cantrall, 58, and Jennifer Schmitt, 56, in the roadway. Cantrall was pronounced dead at the scene.

Schmitt was taken to the hospital and listed in fair condition.

Coleman fled the scene but was followed by a witness who called police. He was arrested a short time later.

In addition to Aggravated DUI, Coleman also faces charges of improper lane usage, being an unlicensed driver, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, failure to report an accident, and failure to reduce speed.

A scheduling conference is set for July 10th.

A trial is scheduled for July 21st.

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