Alcohol plays role in auto death

By Sabryna Cornish

A 19-year-old DeKalb resident killed in a June 11 auto accident suffocated from her seat belt.

Stacey C. Krusbe died in a traffic accident June 11 on Route 64, one mile west of First Street. Krusbe’s car rolled over. Krusbe was pronounce dead on the scene.

Krusbe’s friend allegedly furnished her with alcohol. Brent A. Tyrrell, 23, Sycamore, was issued a summons to appear in court June 29 to answer to allegations that he furnished Krusbe with alcohol. If convicted, Tyrrell could receive a fine of up to $1,000 and jail time for the misdemeanor.

According to a DeKalb County Sheriff’s report, Tyrrell had furnished beer to Krusbe behind Andy’s Lounge, 317 E. Lincoln Hwy. and at McCabe’s Night Club, 323 E. Lincoln Hwy.

Tyrrell then followed Krusbe’s car to Sycamore. Tyrrell had been going about 60 mph and Krusbe had been going about 70 mph. The DeKalb County Coroner’s report states Krusbe died from asphyxia which was the result of an auto mishap. DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller said the shoulder restraint Krusbe was wearing blocked her airway because of the way it was positioned on her neck after the car rolled over.

“The position of her body cut off the airway,” Miller said.

Miller said blood and urine samples showed Krusbe had a blood-alcohol level of .107. “She was intoxicated,” he said. The legal limit in Illinois to be driving is .10.

Krusbe’s death led the city of DeKalb to file charges against McCabe’s Night Club, 323 E. Lincoln Hwy., for the violation of letting a minor into the bar without a parent or legal guardian.

Krusbe’s parents, John and Carol, described her as well-loved. “She was like a magnet to people,” Carol Krusbe said.

The Krusbe’s are hoping that something good will come out of Stacey’s death. “Maybe other parents will keep a close eye on their children,” Carol Krusbe said.

“Maybe other parents will keep a close eye on their children.”

Carol Krusbe, Stacey C. Krusbe’s mother