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Paralyzed Rockford man jailed after deadly crash

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Associated Press

ROCKFORD -- A 25-year-old Rockford man left paralyzed from the waist down after a fatal crash has been booked into the Winnebago County Jail.

The Rockford Register Star reports Drakkar Malone is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in the March crash that killed 17-year-old passenger Robert Lee Wilson. He was booked Thursday and is being held on $1 million bond.

The county sheriff says Malone is in a cell within the infirmary where medical care is always available.

Malone told the newspaper in March that he sped up when he noticed an unmarked squad car driving near him. He has said its lights weren't on before he crashed into a tree. He said the squad car bumped his vehicle and caused the crash.

County investigators found no evidence that police touched his vehicle.

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