Driver in Fatal Crash Faces Felony DUI Charges

Woman, son killed and three others injured in Tuesday crash on NW Side

By Al Romero
|  Thursday, Aug 11, 2011  |  Updated 9:43 PM CDT
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NBC Chicago's helicopter hovers above a crash on the city's northwest side that killed two people.

NBC Chicago's helicopter hovers above a crash on the city's northwest side that killed two people.

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A Cook County judge has set a $2 million bond for a northwest side man charged with felony DUI for crashing his Mustang into another car, killing a woman and her teenaged son and injuring three other children in the car.

Richard Strum, 35, of the 5400 block of North Mobile is charged with a total of five felony counts of DUI in connection with Tuesday morning's crash in Jefferson Park, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

Strum had already been ticketed for driving on a suspended license, failure to reduce speed and operating a vehicle without insurance.

Claudia Delia, 35, and one of her sons, 16-year-old Bryan, were killed when the Honda Civic she was driving was struck by the Ford Mustang at Austin and Sunnyside. Three other children--another son, a stepson, and a family friend-- in the back seat of the car also were injured.

Strum has a history of driving troubles and was cited this past June for driving without a license, according to the Tribune.

Strum remains in stable condition at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and did not appear in court on Thursday for his bond hearing. 

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