Southwestern Illinois man pleads guilty in deadly crash

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EDWARDSVILLE - A man from southwestern Illinois faces up to 14 years in prison after admitting in court that he was driving drunk when his sport utility vehicle hit a house, killing a widower inside.

On Wednesday, Jacob Fickle, 26, pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol, causing death.  Four other counts were dropped by prosecutors, along with 10 unrelated felony theft charges.

According to investigators, Fickle caused a disturbance at a home in Godfrey in January 2013, and fled in a relative's GMC Yukon after authorities were called.  The SUV then crashed into the home of Martin Bushnell, 73, who was fatally pinned under the wreckage.  After running from the scene, Fickle was arrested a short time later outside a tavern.

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