Reckless homicide charge for Evanston crash that left veteran dead

CHICAGO (STMW) - A north suburban woman facing DUI charges for a rollover crash that left a U.S. Army veteran dead last month in Evanston is now also facing a reckless homicide charge.

Monica Wallace, 42, was charged Wednesday with one count of reckless homicide, a Class 2 felony, according to Evanston police. She had previously been charged with aggravated DUI and misdemeanor DUI for the crash that left 45-year-old Lamart Bailey dead.

About 2:20 a.m. Sept. 27, Wallace was driving a 1998 Nissan northbound in the 1700 block of Dodge Avenue with Bailey in the front passenger seat when the vehicle struck multiple parked cars on both sides of the street, then flipped over, police said.

Fire crews had to extricate Bailey, who was taken to Evanston Hospital, where he died at 2:51 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Bailey, who police identified as a U.S. Army veteran, lived in the 1800 block of Wesley Avenue in Evanston.

Wallace was taken to the same hospital, police said.

Wallace, of the 1400 block of Brown Avenue in Evanston, was also cited for disobeying a red light, driving in the wrong lane, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and driving without insurance, police said.

She was ordered held in Cook County Jail on a $100,000 bond, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. She is next scheduled to appear in court Oct. 20 in Skokie.