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Judge lowers bond in crash that killed law student

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A Cook County judge has reduced bond for a Chicago man charged in a traffic accident that killed a University of Chicago Law School student.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported a judge on Monday reduced 23-year-old Erik Johnson's bond to $500,000 from the original $750,000. Johnson is charged with drunken driving counts after authorities say he drove his SUV the wrong way on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive, slamming into a taxi. Authorities say Johnson's blood alcohol level was 0.195, or more than twice the legal limit.

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Friday's crash killed 26-year-old Laura Anne LaPlante from Hancock, New Hampshire. LaPlante was on track to graduate this summer.

Johnson's father spoke to reporters Sunday, calling the crash a "tragic incident."

Another passenger in the cab and the cabdriver also were injured.

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