An Orland Park Fire Protection District lieutenant pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony reckless homicide and other driving charges in connection with an Oak Forest crash that killed a Downers Grove woman last month, Sun-Times Media reported.
Pat Bruce, 45, of Oak Forest, was in Cook County court Thursday to enter his plea on the reckless homicide charge, as well as failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and reckless driving charges, the report stated. Bruce's next court date is May 17, the report added.
. Knox, 25, was hospitalized and died later that day. Prosecutors claim Bruce was taking prescription pain medication at the time and was weaving in and out of traffic.
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Bruce, who also works part-time for the Crestwood Fire Department, has been on injury leave from the Orland fire district since July 2012, Chief Ken Brucki said in March.
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