Legal and Medical Fund for Willie Craft, Sr.
Organized by: Amanda Hwu
On October 9, 2013, Willie Craft, Sr. suffered a diabetic crash while driving and fatally injured a University of Illinois student, Mimi Liu. When he was taken to the ER, he consented to blood work and urinalysis for controlled/illegal substances. The urine test came back showing metabolites for cannabis (which could have been from as long ago as 30 or 60 days prior to the accident), so they charged him with DUI. He had not been smoking that morning and this was not the cause of the horrific accident. But the State's Attorney is choosing to prosecute him on DUI (which makes the student's death a felony) because she can, under the law. Currently, Willie Craft, Sr. is facing aggravated DUI charges. He is still being held in jail because he cannot make bail.
This is truly a tragedy. It is a horrific tragedy for the young woman who was killed and for her family. But Willie was not acting in any criminal or negligent manner. He simply had a medical emergency that is all too common with serious diabetes.
We do understand that Illinois law allows the state to charge Mr. Craft with DUI felony charges simply because his urinalysis showed the presence of cannabis metabolites. However, we do not believe that these charges will result in advancing the cause of justice in this tragedy, and do not serve the public interest.
We urge you to take a special interest in Mr. Craft’s case for the following reasons:
1) Mr. Craft has been an upstanding and hardworking member of our community for decades, with no criminal history, and he has been living with diabetes for approximately 9 years.
2) A serious health issue is at the center of this case, and as such, makes this case a public health and public safety issue (not a criminal issue).
3) There is much difficulty in managing diabetes and the vexing problem of “diabetic crashes” (severe hypoglycemia or low blood sugar) affects even among the most diligent of patients.
As a result of the accident and Mr. Craft's legal case, Mr. Craft has surrmounted a large number of legal and medical expenses. Currently, Mr. Craft is using his retirement fund to cover some of these expenses. However, Mr. Craft does not have the ability to pay all his legal and medical bills. We ask that you consider contributing to Mr. Craft's legal and medical fund to help alleviate his expenses.