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Victim's Family Watches As Reckless Homicide Case Drags On

It's been three years since an Orland Park man was charged with reckless homicide in a DUI accident that killed Jessica Mejia, a 20-year-old New Lenox woman.


Another New Year's Day has come and gone, marking three years since the death of 20-year-old Jessica Mejia in a DUI-related car accident.

Nicholas Sord, 25, has been charged with reckless homicide in the incident and is out on bond. He was offered a plea deal, which was subsequently turned down. 

A hearing on Jan. 11 was supposed to include arguments on motions about evidence in the case, but a new date in February was chosen instead.

Sord didn't speak during the brief hearing. His attorney Jeff Aprati said the prosecution will be filing the motions but wasn't able to elaborate on what they may include.

Police said Sord was close to three times over the blood-alcohol limit on New Year’s Day 2010 when he lost control of his SUV near 147th Street and Oak Park Avenue, killing 20-year-old Jessica Mejia of New Lenox, a Lincoln Way-Central High School graduate. The defense claims that Mejia caused the accident.

For Mejia's family, the wheels of justice have been turning slowly, apparent in the latest hearing that has been continued for another three weeks.

Mejia's mother, Christina Mejia, has been at every hearing with other family members and her fiance. Mejia's father, Luis Mejia, doesn't get to the hearings as often due to his work schedule but expressed his frustration with the proceedings after court Friday.

"You don't want to say the justice system isn't fair," Luis Mejia told Patch, "but it's just so hard, the extent of this case dragging out is just so much harder. Just prolonging everything. It's a hard thing for everybody."

Luis Mejia said the case "has been devastating" and "a piece of me goes away every time I have to come to the courtroom."

Sord is scheduled to be back in a Markham courtroom before Judge Frank Zelezinski on Feb. 1.

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Jason January 12, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Quite doubtful pulling the steering wheel.
Jason January 12, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Anyone pull behavioral or history of medication? Hospitalization records? Psychiatric visits to hospitals? Inpatient or outpatient programs perhaps? She seem level headed and was a college student @ UIC. How about the driver's work, education history? Any prior arrests? I know he worked at a bar in his father's restaurant. Was he a college graduate, college student? Kind of seems like night and day if you ask me. Good girl chasing the bad boy type of situations...
Bob Laird January 12, 2013 at 11:37 PM
driver, survivor, and family want it over. victim's family want it over. scummy lawyers want it to go on for another couple hundred thou.
Kevin Gaskin January 13, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Death rides with those who drink and drive..... :(
JCM January 27, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Prior DUI : Jessica Yes, Nick No, Jessicas Friend Jennesa that was in car earlier Yes. Just because your a student at UIC Really doesnt matter. Let the courts handle this, Its a tragedy all the way around. Besides both families involved,explain how anyone else should matter. If your really that interested maybe some charity work involving drunk driving, or something else productive would help all of you to move on.I hope everyone with hateful comments never has to go through what these families are. Think about it all you perfect people.

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