Lisle Man Denies Charges in July Fatal Crash

James Kisla is accused of driving under influence of pain killers and alcohol.

A Lisle man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he had a mix of alcohol and painkillers in his system at the time of a July 3 with a pedestrian.

James Kisla has been indicted on multiple counts of aggravated DUI alleging the combination of alcohol greater than the state limit of .08 and the drugs hydrocodone and dihydrocodeine "rendered him incapable of safely driving," court records show.

Kisla was behind the wheel of a 2006 Dodge Caravan that struck Donna Early, of Naperville, near Yackley Avenue and Ohio Street around 10:15 p.m. on July 3, shortly after the village's Eyes to the Skies fireworks show, authorities have said.

Early died several hours after being struck.

Kisla's attorney, Donald Ramsell, has previously contended in court documents that test results on Kisla's blood did not show him over the legal limit.

In court Monday, Ramsell told Judge George Bakalis he had subpoenaed the Daily Herald related to the incident. Court filings show Ramsell is looking for notes and other information from two reporters, neither of whom attended the hearing.

Bakalis agreed to continue the subpoenas until Kisla's next court date, which is scheduled for Oct. 18.


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