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Charges filed in fatal Dan Ryan collision

Published: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 9:56 a.m. CST

(MCT) — Charges have been filed against the Far South Side man who was driving a sport utility vehicle when he crashed into a pickup truck on the Dan Ryan Expressway early Saturday, killing the pickup's driver, police said.

Tyrone Allen Stokes, 42, of the 10200 block of South Carpenter Street, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said. The victim was identified as Phillip Briner, 21, of Crown Point, Ind., the Cook County medical examiner's office said.

On Sunday, Stokes was ordered held in lieu of $450,000 bail in a Cook County Bond Court hearing.

Stokes' blood alcohol content was 0.106, more than the 0.08 legal limit, according to a police report.

Stokes, behind the wheel of a red 2002 GMC, crashed into a pickup truck driven by Briner early Saturday morning on the Dan Ryan Expressway near 95th Street, authorities said.

Both vehicles were heading south about 1:30 a.m. when Stokes crossed from the far right to the far left lane of the five-lane highway and smashed into Briner, authorities said.

Briner was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 2:05 a.m. Saturday, according to the medical examiner's office.

Michael Briner, of south suburban University Park, said his younger brother was heading home from working his shift at The Peninsula Chicago hotel downtown. He worked until midnight as a server for a banquet, Briner said.

"We are all very angry," said Briner, 26. "I knew that they had (the driver) in custody, which means he walked away from the crash, and my brother didn't. We want justice to be served."

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