Toxicology Expert Testifies On Fatal Crash

A former Alton, IL, man on trial this week in the traffic deaths of a Granite City man and his young son would have had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent at the time of the crash, an expert testified Tuesday.  Christopher Long, a forensic toxicologist with a doctorate degree, was on the stand in Madison County Circuit Court for more than an hour and said that established science allows him to calculate the level at the time of the crash from the level at the time defendant Mark Ikerman was tested.

The expert testified that Ikerman’s blood-alcohol was about two-and-a-half times the level of 0.08 percent that constitutes a legal presumption of intoxication in Illinois.  Ikerman, 45, formerly of Alton, went on trial Monday on aggravated driving under the influence charges after a November 2008 crash in which he allegedly smashed a big lift truck into a parked Kia Sportage in Granite City, killing Donald Lee Legens, 34, who was trying to put gas in the Kia, and his 9-month-old son, Donald Lee Legens Jr.

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