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Woman pleads not guilty to DUI, homicide in southern Illinois crash that killed 2

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RED BUD, Illinois — A 20-year-old southern Illinois woman has pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide in connection with a January crash that killed two Randolph County women.

The Belleville News-Democrat (bit.ly/1FChlQX) reports that Crystal Steinheimer of Red Bud entered the plea Thursday in Monroe County Circuit Court. She faces a second felony charge of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

Steinheimer is accused of causing the deaths of 19-year-old Abigail Liefer of Ruma and 20-year-old Hannah Marie Porter of Red Bud. Her vehicle crossed the center line while driving northbound on Illinois Route 159 and collided head-on with a southbound car driven by Liefer. Porter was a passenger in Liefer's car.

Steinheimer faces up to 28 years in prison on both felony counts. She is due back in court on June 25.

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