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Allen Cordes: Allegedly Drunk and High Driver Slams into Alton Cylcist, Killing Him

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Alton Police
Allen Cordes, 51.
Alton, Illinois, resident Allen Cordes, 51, was allegedly high and drunk when he slammed into a cyclist over the weekend.

James Allen Stewart, 50, was riding his bike when Cordes struck him. Stewart, an Alton resident, did not survive.

The Madison County State's Attorneys Office has since issued formal charges against Cordes, and a spokeswoman tells us that he remains in custody. He has a hearing set for April 26 next week.

What caused the collision?

Alton police tell us the official report isn't available, but say that he was drunk and high on marijuana when he hit Stewart at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday near East Broadway and Milton Road.

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via Google Maps

It appears that the suspect was in a van when he hit the victim, knocked him off of the bike and then ran over him.

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Alton Police

The formal charges, on view below, include two counts of aggravated driving while under the influence, causing death related to his levels of alcohol and cannabis:

Allen Cordes

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16 comments
AD Amscott
AD Amscott

Out of any state, city or town I have ever lived in... running and cycling in the suburbs of STL are the most dangerous I've encountered. They aim for you out here.

Jason Brock
Jason Brock

Dangerous during the day also. Stay indoors to prolong your life.

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

His ASS needs to be Ran Over.....Take out the Trash.....

Jason Patrylo
Jason Patrylo

No, I think it's dangerous for someone to drive drunk and high.

Adam J. Shriver
Adam J. Shriver

I was in a car that was sideswiped by a drunk, high driver running through a red light outside of Alton a few years ago. A few milliseconds difference in the timing would have resulted in some serious injuries, and perhaps even death. So I don't think riding a bike was the relevant factor in this situation.

Jeremy Nulik
Jeremy Nulik

Wouldn't there be at least one more question that you guys could ask before this one? Somebody died and your question is basically the equivalent of "was he asking for it?"

Rachel Sperry
Rachel Sperry

No. Cyclists should be able to ride whenever wherever they damn well please and people like this man should not be driving and should be locked up

Kelly Kaufmann
Kelly Kaufmann

Just as dangerous for a pedestrian or other driver, with people like this on the road.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Bicyclists have a right to the road. Anyone driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol do not have a right to be on the road. Asking if it is dangerous for cyclist to ride at night is not the issue whatsoever. I'd like to know who, someone's name, that thought that was an appropriate question.

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

I think its dangerous no matter what with all these drunk crackheads driving..this gies to prove my point right here.

Chris Price
Chris Price

it is obviously way more dangerous to let stupid people behind the wheel.

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