PEORIA — A fatal accident that killed four women early Sunday morning started with a back and forth on whose car was faster.
That’s what a Peoria County prosecutor said during the bond hearing of Jerome C. Polnitz, 42, who faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted on the single count of aggravated street racing. Probation is an option as well.
The charge alleges he was racing the other car in the 3400 block of Southwest Washington Street when the accident happened.
The charge is a special type of class 4 felony that carries an enhanced sentence. His bond was set at $75,000 and an Oct. 29 preliminary hearing was scheduled.
The women were all graduates of Manual High School: Jazzman Burns, 22, a 2016 graduate; Quanylan Thomas, 19, a 2019 graduate; and 18-year-olds Tyesha Thomas and Diamond Williams, both 2020…