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Suspected wrong-way driver in deadly LSD crash posts bail

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Erik Johnson / Photo from Chicago Police Department Erik Johnson / Photo from Chicago Police Department
Laura Ann LaPlante Laura Ann LaPlante
Police and paramedics work to clear a crash on Lake Shore Drive early Friday. / Photo by NVP Police and paramedics work to clear a crash on Lake Shore Drive early Friday. / Photo by NVP
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A suspected wrong-way driver involved in a deadly crash on Lake Shore Drive early Friday was released from jail Monday night after posting bail.

Erik Johnson, 23, was initially ordered held on $750,000 bond, but Judge Donald Panarese reduced the amount to $500,000 on Monday.

Johnson was released from jail Monday evening after posting $50,000 bail, Cook County Sheriff’s spokesman Ben Breit said.

Prosecutors say Johnson was driving the wrong way, drunk, on Lake Shore Drive early Friday morning. He was allegedly driving southbound in the northbound lanes near Randolph Street when he collided head on with a taxicab carrying two University of Chicago Law School students. One of them, Laura Ann LaPlante, later died. She was a third year student from New Hampshire who was due to graduate this year.

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Johnson's attorney said Johnson works as an exporter-importer in Elk Grove Village.

In court, prosecutors said Johnson told paramedics that he had five or six beers and shots at a party that night. His blood alcohol level was allegedly more than twice the legal limit.

Outside court, Johnson's father called the crash a tragic incident and expressed condolences to the LaPlante family.

The cab driver and the other law student in the taxi were both hospitalized in serious condition.

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