Possible plea in fatal crash:
Defense attorneys for Michael Dawson said they could be ready next week to meet with a judge regarding a potential plea agreement for his role in a June 24 fatal streetracing crash. Dawson, 19, of the 25000 block of Herman Drive in unincorporated Antioch Township, remains held in Lake County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail after he was charged with aggravated street racing following a high-speed crash that killed Cynthia Perez, 16, of Antioch. Dawson, who did not crash, was racing against Jeremy Betancourt, 17, on Route 120 in Gurnee when Betancourt lost control of his car. Betancourt's car flipped in the center median, killing Perez and injuring Betancourt and two others. Lake County Public Defender Jennifer Snyder said during a brief court hearing Wednesday that she may be ready to meet with Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti regarding the parameters of a potential settlement. The two sides are expected to return to court Sept. 26 at 9 a.m.
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