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Nun Accused of Running Red Light in Illinois Car Accident that Caused Teen Death

A teenage driver involved in a 2007 Elgin car accident testified on Monday that she had a green light when her car was hit by a Chicago area nun. The car accident, which occurred around 12:00 a.m. on October 7, 2007, at the corner of Randall Road and Illinois Highway 27, resulted in the death of a 16 year-old boy. Sister Marie Marot, a French nun, now faces trial on charges of disobeying a traffic control device. Both Marot and 16 year-old Alexis Pena claim that they had a green signal at the intersection when the car crash occurred. The passenger in Pena’s car, 16 year-old Keith Forbes of Carpentersville, IL, was killed in the accident. According to reports, the van that Marot was driving struck the right rear of Pena’s Honda in the aforementioned intersection while she and three other passengers were heading west on Illinois Route 72.

Kane County Circuit Court Judge Ron Matekaitis has ruled that Marot could wear her habit to court despite the prosecution’s contention that the garb might influence the jury. The judge has also determined that that the jury will not hear testimony relating to the death of Forbes as such evidence could be overly prejudicial to Marot. Marot, a member of the Fraternite Notre Dame order, was on her way home to the Chicago convent after working at an Algonquin pastry shop operated by the nuns when the accident occurred. Marot was accompanied by about twenty other nuns to the first day of trial.

UPDATE: Sister Marie Myrot was found not guilty Tuesday of disobeying a traffic signal in the tragic Chicago car accident.

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