The driver of a car that veered off a south suburban roadway over the weekend in a crash that killed two women was charged with marijuana-related DUI charges, authorities said.
Velar Mayfield, 23, of 700 block of Wright Road in University Park, was charged with DUI-cannabis in connection with the Sunday crash in Crete Township, according to the Will County sheriff's office.
Authorities said Mayfield was driving east on Bemes Road near the Illinois-Indiana border when he hit a patch of ice, losing control of his car and striking a tree.
One of the passengers, Sarah Shepard, 21, of Park Forest, was thrown from the car and died at the scene, authorities said. The second passenger, Cheyenne Cardosi, 21, of Cedar Lake, Ind., was taken to St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Dyer, Ind., where she was pronounced dead.
Authorities initially didn't suspect drugs or alcohol as a cause but filed charges after doing a follow-up investigation.
Relatives for both women couldn’t be reached for comment.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun