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Derrek Cribbs

Derrek Cribbs

An East Moline man has been indicted on a charge of reckless homicide for a fatal accident that took place in February on Interstate 280.

Derrek M. Cribbs, 20, of East Moline, also faces charges of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, according to the indictment.

The charges are related to a Feb. 7 crash that killed Troy R. Puffinbarger, 46, of Dixon, Iowa, the indictment states.

The collision, between a white 2004 Dodge pickup truck and a white 2005 Ford box truck, happened around 7:36 a.m. near I-280 mile marker 17, according to an Illinois State Police news release. The westbound box truck, driven by Cribbs, crossed the median and struck the eastbound pickup, driven by Puffinbarger, head-on.

The indictment did not specify under the aggravated DUI charges what substances authorities contend were impairing Cribbs, but he is accused in the possession charge of having less than 15 grams of a substance containing cocaine.

Cribbs, who is being held on a $250,000 bail, made his first appearance on the charges Wednesday. To be released, he must post a $25,000 bond.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 23, when he has the option to have a preliminary hearing. A preliminary hearing allows the presiding judge to listen to an outline of the state’s case to decide whether or not there is probable cause to continue the prosecution of the defendant. Defendants can choose to waive the hearing.

An initial trial date is also set during a preliminary hearing, regardless of whether the defendant waives the presentation of evidence, but that date is frequently pushed back.

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Business Editor/Night City Editor