A Morton man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing a village firefighter by crashing into a parked car while driving drunk this January.
Glen Abney, 53, faces up to 14 years in prison for aggravated DUI causing the death of Joshua Greene. He remains free on bond pending his sentencing on Jan. 18, 2019.
Greene, 42, had been a paid-on-call member of the Morton Fire Department since 2000, according to the department.
He was a front-seat passenger in Abney’s vehicle when it struck a car parked in the 300 block of Mossy Trail in Morton shortly before midnight on Jan. 11. The collision, which caused heavy damage to both vehicles’ front ends, ejected Greene. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Abney, who also suffered injuries requiring hospital care, was standing next to Greene when police arrived. His eyes were bloodshot and glassy, he swayed unsteadily and at one point fell down, police said.
He admitted to drinking alcohol prior to the crash. At the Peoria hospital where he was taken, he submitted to a test that revealed a blood/alcohol content of .186 percent, more than twice the legal limit for driving, a court affidavit stated.