11 Years After Fatal DUI, Man Busted in New Crash

James Stitt killed a teenager weeks before her high school graduation
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2014 8:06 AM CST
11 Years After Fatal DUI, Man Busted in New Crash
Photo of James Stitt.   (Palatine Police)

Back in 2003, James Stitt swerved into 17-year-old Caitlin Weese's car, hitting her head-on and killing her near the Chicago suburb of Gilberts, Ill. She'd been on her way home from the mall after buying clothes for her approaching high school graduation. He'd already had two DUIs—his first when he was 17—and was driving on a suspended license when he killed Caitlin, reports the Chicago Tribune. His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit and he had marijuana in his system. Now, after serving five years in prison and two years of probation, police say 34-year-old Stitt was found unconscious up against his steering wheel just before midnight Saturday after allegedly crashing into two parked cars 4 miles from his home. No one's been reported injured.

Stitt was arrested when he failed a field sobriety test and charged with felony aggravated DUI, and Palatine police say he's being held on $75,000 bail and due back in court Dec. 15. As of late last night, he was still in custody. "I obviously am disappointed and the family is disappointed," Caitlin's stepfather tells the Daily Herald. "This stirs up a whole new set of feelings that had been kind of under the surface for quite some time. I feel bad for a lot of people. ... This is bad for his family just like it's bad for our family." If he's convicted, Stitt could be sentenced to up to five years in prison. (In nearby Wisconsin, a drunk 13-year-old was caught driving her mom's car.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.