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Wrong-way driver pleads guilty

Man was under the influence during fatal crash

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

The man who drove down Interstate 80 in the wrong direction in March, which resulted in a crash that killed a Bridgeview man, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence.

Rodgerick Q. Marsh, 31, Chicago, pleaded guilty to the Class 2 felony.

He was sentenced to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to a news release from Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland. Marsh must serve 85 percent of the sentence.

Abed M. Bader, 66, was killed in the accident. He was traveling on eastbound I-80 near Nettle School Road just after midnight when Marsh’s car hit his car.

The green minivan Marsh was driving was traveling west on the eastbound side of the highway when the car hit Bader head on. Bader was working for a medication delivery company and was heading home from a delivery in Spring Valley, Grundy County Coroner John Callahan said at the time. There was no evidence of braking from either vehicle.

Bader came to a stop in the eastbound lane and Marsh ended up in the median. As Bader’s vehicle was stopped, it was then hit by a semitrailer.

The truck driver was not injured.

Marsh was treated for injuries before being taken to jail days later.

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