Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that Corey Chattic, 51, of Oswego, has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for Aggravated Driving While Under the Influence (a Class 2 felony) and Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License (a Class A misdemeanor) in a 2020 motorcycle crash that resulted in the death of his passenger. Chattic pled guilty yesterday and was sentenced by Circuit Judge Vincent Cornelius.
On August 12, 2020, Chattic had been drinking alcohol at the Symerton Tap and Grill in Wilmington with his girlfriend, Danielle Rachford. They then drove on Chattic’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle to Horns and Halos Saloon in Channahon, where Chattic consumed additional alcoholic beverages. After leaving the saloon, Chattic was driving the motorcycle with his girlfriend on the back when Chattic passed another vehicle at a high rate of speed, in a no passing zone, while coming over a hill. Chattic lost control of the motorcycle and crashed off the shoulder of West Front Street in Channahon. Danielle was taken to Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, where she succumbed to her injuries. Tests showed that Chattic had a blood alcohol level of .13.
“Operating a motorcycle requires a heightened level of caution due to the complete absence of structural protection in a collision. Deliberately driving while impaired by alcohol at a high rate of speed while passing in a no-passing zone with a passenger is the absolute zenith of recklessness,” Glasgow said. “This ruthless disregard for the safety of Danielle Rachford needlessly took her life for all eternity and nothing will undo this loss.”
Chattic will receive credit for 3 days served. The sentence will be served at 85 percent.
Glasgow commended Assistant State’s Attorneys Nicholas Plattos and Alyson Wozniak, as well as Victim Witness Advocate Danette Pasdertz, for their hard work in this matter.