Driver in Fatal Crash Faces Felony DUI Charges - NBC Chicago

Driver in Fatal Crash Faces Felony DUI Charges

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



    Two Dead in Northwest Side Crash

    NBC Chicago's helicopter hovers above a crash on the city's northwest side that killed two people. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011)

    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.