A Normal man will serve 11 years in prison after driving drunk and killing a mother and her unborn child in a crash near Morrisonville in 2016.
27-year-old Lance T. Pitsch plead guilty in late May to Aggravated DUI Causing an Accident with a Death, Reckless Homicide of an Unborn Child, and Aggravated DUI Causing an Accident with Bodily Harm. The 11-year prison sentence will be followed by two years of parole.
The accident took place on Illinois Route 48 just north of Morrisonville on October 21, 2016. The victim, Jessica N. Tyson, was rushed to Taylorville Memorial Hospital where she and her unborn child died shortly after the crash. At the time, state police said Pitsch was driving north on 48 when he crossed into the southbound lanes, striking the vehicle. The driver of Tyson’s vehicle, Nestor Lopez, also was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital and survived.