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Lynwood clerk charged with reckless homicide
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Lynwood clerk charged with reckless homicide

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Illinois State Police investigators have charged Lynwood Village Clerk Roel "Roy" Valle in connection with the Feb. 4 fatal crash on Ill. 394 that killed a Chicago woman.

Valle, 64, of 3007 201st Place in Lynwood, is charged with one count of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol involving death, which carries a potential sentence of three to 14 years in prison. He also is charged with one count of reckless homicide, which carries a potential sentence of two to five years.

Valle is being held pending a bond hearing Tuesday.

According to police, the crash occurred about 1:15 a.m. on southbound Ill. 394, just south of the Bishop Ford Freeway interchange.

Valle was traveling the wrong way, northbound in the southbound lanes, when he collided head-on with a gray 2000 Chrysler Cirrus. The impact caused the Chrysler to overturn into the center median, police said.

The passenger, Melikah Little, 32, was killed instantly. The driver, Angelina Jones, 27, also of Chicago, was critically injured. Valle then struck a white 1998 Ford Taurus, driven by Melikah Little's husband, Manuel Little, 37, who was traveling directly behind his wife.

Jones is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a Class A misdemeanor, and several traffic violations. She is due in court Feb. 28.

Valle was driving a village-owned, 2008 Ford Taurus at the time of the crash. Witnesses reported Valle's vehicle traveling the wrong way on Ill. 394 at U.S. 30, which is two miles south of the crash scene. Alcohol and speed contributed to the crash, police said.

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