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12/11/2013 1:41:00 PM
Holdiman pleads guilty to causing fatal accident
A woman has pleaded guilty to causing an accident that killed a motorcyclist while she was driving drunk.

Joyce E. I. Holdiman, 28, Robinson, was charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence causing a fatal accident, driving under the influence of drugs, improper left turn into oncoming traffic and driving without a seat belt.

She pleaded guilty to the charge of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs causing a fatal accident, with the agreement that the other charges be dropped.

The agreement says Holdiman can be sentenced to up to eight years in prison, two years of supervised release with no fines to be imposed. The charge normally carries a sentence of a three to 14 years in prison, two years of supervised release and up to $25,000 in fines and court costs.

The accident happened on April 26 when Holdiman was headed northbound on Illinois Route 1 in a 2003 Dodge van. She turned left, headed for County Road 1425N in Trimble.

She turned in the path Walter Scriff, 47, Indianapolis, who was southbound on a 1982 Harley-Davidson. He struck the side of the van and was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a filing by the Illinois State Police, she admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day.

Holdiman had three passengers in her van at the time of the accident. Nicole Snyder, no age given, was not injured, and reportedly was wearing a seat belt. Blake Tracy, 2, was in a car seat, and also was not injured. A third passenger, Joshua Tracy, 29, was injured and taken to Crawford Memorial Hospital by United Life Care Ambulance Service, where he was treated and released. He was later charged with illegal transportation of alcohol.

Law enforcement requested a charge of driving under the influence and failure to yield a left turn. She posted $100 cash and her driver's license as bond on April 27.

After the investigation, State's Attorney Matthew Hartrich charged her with the current set of offenses. A warrant was issued for her arrest and she was taken into custody on May 3.

A charge of operating an uninsured motor vehicle against Holdiman from April 17 was dismissed April 26.

Holtzhouser requested a psychological, DUI and substance abuse review for the hearing.

She is due in court at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 24 for a status hearing. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 24.

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