Death leads to charges

By Jami Peterson

The death of a 19-year-old DeKalb resident killed in a traffic accident June 11, has led to the investigation of McCabe’s Night Club and charges against her alleged friend for furnishing liquor to a minor.

According to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Police, Stacey Krusbe was killed in a rollover accident at about 2:47 a.m. roughly one mile west of N. First Street on Route 64.

Brent A. Tyrrell allegedly furnished beer to Krusbe behind Andy’s Lounge, 317 E. Lincoln Hwy., at McCabe’s Night Club, 323 E. Lincoln Hwy. and at a party before the accident. Complaints have been signed against Tyrrell, 22, Sycamore, in the State’s Attorney’s Office and he has been issued a summons to appear in court at 9 a.m. today.

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said Tyrrell could receive fines of up to $1,000 and jail time for the misdemeanor. “People need to be aware of the consequences to these actions,” he said. “In this case, there was unfortunate consequences.”

DeKalb Police, who have worked jointly with the Sheriff’s Office on the case, are investigating a possible violation by McCabe’s Night Club for allowing a minor into the bar without a parent or legal guardian. DeKalb Police Chief Don Berke said the investigation has not closed yet, and he should receive information from the detective on the case within the next two days.

Mufid Saleh, owner and manager of McCabe’s, claims any charges would be “unfair” because witnesses saw Krusbe attempt to get into the bar at about 10:30 p.m. and get rejected. Saleh said, “I feel sorry for the girl and her parents for losing their daughter.” However, he added, “This has really gotten too out of hand. We’re just really taking all of the blame for it.

“I do my job definitely better than all other bars in this town when it comes to carding. I hope the police know this and do something about it.”

On the night of the accident, a sheriff’s deputy followed both Krusbe and Tyrrell’s vehicles after he saw Tyrrell skid to a stop behind Krusbe at the intersection of Rt. 64 and N. First Street. The deputy claims the vehicles pulled away on Route 64 reaching speeds of about 70 to 75 mph.

Witnesses say Tyrrell was following Krusbe out of Sycamore after she had left DeKalb to drive him to his vehicle. At the time of the accident, Tyrrell’s vehicle remained about one-tenth of a mile behind Krusbe’s vehicle.