Man found guilty in crash that killed woman, son in 2011

A Northwest Side man has been found guilty of reckless homicide in a crash that killed a mother and her teenage son and injured three other children.

Richard Strum, 36, was found guilty Thursday of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence.

Claudia Delia, 35, and her son Bryan, 16, were killed in a crash around 8 a.m. on Aug. 9, 2011 at Austin and Sunnyside avenues. The jury found Strum guilty after deliberating for about 2-1/2 hours,  Cook County state’s attorney’s spokeswoman Lisa Gordon said.

Strum was driving south on Austin in the Jefferson Park neighborhood  when he collided with a Honda Civic going west on Sunnyside, officials said. The force of the collision pushed the Honda against a light pole.

The driver of the Honda, Delia, and her son Bryan were killed. Three boys in the back seat of Delia's car were injured: her son Hauk Marvin, then 3, suffered a broken leg; her stepson, Zack Marvin, then 15, suffered head trauma; and a friend of the boys, Chris Diaz, was seriously injured.

Delia was headed to the home of another relative, where they were to leave on a trip to the Wisconsin Dells.

Strum had no valid license at the time of the crash, according to records.

A 2000 accident in which he was involved -- and ticketed for, among other things, driving without a valid license and without insurance - -resulted in a $9,900 judgment against him.

Because of his failure to pay the judgment, a hold was placed on his license, according to the secretary of state's office. His license expired in 2003 and was not renewed because of the hold.

But he continued to drive and get tickets. Most recently, he was cited on June 28 by Illinois State Police for driving without a license and was free on $1,500 bail at the time of Tuesday's fatal crash.

Strum is scheduled to appear in court again June 21 for sentencing before Cook County Criminal Court Judge James Linn. He could face up to 28 years in prison.


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