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Teen driver sentenced to probation in fatal crash

By Vinde Wells


The Stillman Valley teenager charged in a crash that killed two people last September pleaded guilty last week to two counts of reckless homicide.

Ogle County State’s Attorney Eric Morrow said Alison Seiler, now 18, was sentenced May 26 to probation with numerous conditions until her 21st birthday in October of 2018.

The investigation showed that Seiler, then 17, was speeding last Sept. 4 when she failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Big Mound Road and Ill. 251 near Davis Junction.

Andy Conderman, 64, Amboy, and Emily Fleming, 17, Stillman Valley, died in the ensuing crash.

Seiler was charged as a juvenile in February with two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated reckless driving.

Two counts were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Morrow said the conditions of the probation sentence include counseling; 200 hours of community service work,at least 40 of which must be related to education against reckless or impaired driving; not operating a motor vehicle; attending college or seeking and maintaining employment, and apologies to the victims’ families.

“I think it’s a fair resolution to the case,” Morrow said. “She has already apologized to the families. We consulted with them prior to reaching the agreement.”

Fleming was the back seat passenger in Seiler’s car, which was westbound on Big Mound Road.

The car struck Conderman’s southbound pick-up. Traffic on Ill. 251 is not required to stop at the intersection.

The vehicles came to rest in a soybean field at the southwest corner of the intersection, where Conderman’s truck burst into flames. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fleming was pronounced dead at the Rockford hospital where she was airlifted.

A front seat passenger is Seiler’s car, Carly Koenig, 17, Stillman Valley, was airlifted to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, for serious injuries.

Seiler was transported by ambulance to a Rockford hospital.

All three girls were seniors at Stillman Valley High School. They were varsity cheerleaders and were headed to Stillman Valley’s football game versus Richmond Burton when the crash took place.

The game was cancelled when school officials learned of the crash.

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