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SUV driver charged with meth possession after crash that killed postal carrier

August 10, 2023
2023 08 10 at 3.32 PM


MCLEAN COUNTY (25News Now) – The driver of a sport utility vehicle involved in a crash that killed a postal carrier in southwest Bloomington earlier this week was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, but it’s not known yet if he was under the influence of the drug when the crash happened.

The McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged Jeremy Williams, 43, from McLean with possession of less than five grams of meth, which is a felony.

Williams was also cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid the accident that happened about 10:30 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Beich Road and Ashley Drive.

Police said Williams’ SUV collided with the postal vehicle, killing Ronald Bethard Jr. 36, of Pontiac.

Officers said they found a small amount of meth and a glass pipe during a search of the SUV.

Investigators are determining whether Williams was under the influence of meth at the time of the crash. Police said blood and urine samples were taken from Williams as required after fatal crashes.

Also, an accident reconstructionist is investigating how fast Williams was driving when the crash happened.

Williams is free on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond. His arraignment in McLean County Court is scheduled for Aug. 25.

Bethard’s obituary said he worked four years as a mail carrier in Bloomington and is a 2005 graduate of Pontiac High School.

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