Drugs in fatal DUI suspect’s system were on doctor’s orders, prosecutors agree
By Lauren FitzPatrick Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org January 31, 2012 5:04PM
Nicholas Sord (right), pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from the fatal 2009 crash that killed his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Mejia. He is seen in this file photo at the Markham Courthouse for his bond hearing. | File photo
Updated: January 31, 2012 10:07PM
An Orland Park man accused in a fatal drunken driving crash walked out of court Tuesday after proving that the opiates in his body came from a prescribed painkiller.
Prosecutors last week had tried to revoke the bail of Nicholas Sord, son of Southland entrepreneur Bryan Sord, saying a pretrial drug test indicated he had opiates in his body in late December.
But Assistant State’s Attorney Nick D’Angelo changed his mind Tuesday, saying he was satisfied that Sord was taking hydrocodone on a doctor’s prescription after having surgery on his left hand.
Sord, 24, faces charges of aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide in connection with a crash on 147th Street near Oak Park Avenue in unincorporated Cook County in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2010, that killed Jessica Mejia, 20.
Sord, who returns on Feb. 16 to the Markham Courthouse, crashed because Mejia distracted him while he was driving, defense attorney Jeff Aprati said after the hearing. Aprati told the judge he plans to have blood and hair evidence taken from Mercedes Sord’s SUV tested independently.
Mejia’s family is suing Sord, the family restaurants he works for and the bars where he’d allegedly been drinking that night. They also filed suit against Cook County Sheriff’s investigators, saying the police took inappropriate photos of Mejia at the crash scene.