FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
VICTIM IDENTIFIED, CHARGES PENDING AGAINST DRIVER
The Will County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a hit and run fatal accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle which occurred in Rockdale, IL on Monday night about 10:55pm. The accident was located on Larkin Avenue, just north of Mound Road. The victim has been identified as Daniel Lietke, age 31, of the 300 block of Bruce Road in Lockport.
On Monday night Rockdale Police responded to a call regarding a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in the northbound lanes of Larkin. Rockdale police contacted the Sheriff's Office for assistance in investigating the accident. Witness' statements indicate that Mr. Lietke was walking along the roadway with a friend when he walked out onto the road and proceeded to lie down on his back in the middle of the lane. Shortly after, a vehicle traveling north avoided the subject. The driver of that vehicle stopped a short distance away and was witness to a second vehicle, which was also traveling northbound, run over Lietke. The vehicle, an Oldsmobile Pacifica, continued north on Larkin away from the scene of the accident.
Approximately one hour later Joliet Police spotted the Oldsmobile and conducted a traffic stop without incident. Four male individuals were inside the vehicle and were turned over to Sheriff's detectives. It was determined that two of the passengers were not inside the vehicle at the time of the incident. One of the passengers however, Mark Pierce, age 26 of Joliet, was subsequently arrested for a Failure to Appear warrant regarding a traffic matter. The male driver, age 37 of Joliet, was driving on a suspended license. He is currently being held by the Sheriff's Office pending formal charges relating to the hit and run. We anticipate that charges may be filed later today or tomorrow.
Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas stated, "Both the victim and driver of the Oldsmobile had consumed alcohol prior to the fatal accident. We are awaiting blood test results on the driver and the toxicology report on the victim to determine to what extent alcohol played in this fatal accident." -end-
The Will County Sheriff's Office is reminding drivers throughout the county that this week marks the start of the school year. School bus traffic will noticeably increase in both rural and city locations and drivers need to be vigilant for frequent school bus stops as they traverse the roadways of Will County. Sheriff's deputies will be on the lookout for those speeding in school zones and for school bus stop arm violations. Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas also would like to remind drivers, "The use of cell phones without the use of a hands free device while driving is against the law in Illinois. Our deputies will step up the enforcement of cell phone use in school zones this year; all of us should use extra care when driving through a school zone." -end-
The Will County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens of recent reports filed from victims relating to false unemployment benefits being submitted using the theft of personal information. Within the past week, four victims have come forward and stated that their employer received a letter by mail from the Illinois Labor Unemployment Office asking the employer to verify the victims' unemployment/employment in order to collect payment of benefits. The letter includes the victim's name, social security number, and other identifying information.
Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas stated, "Each year identity theft continues to grow. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have been inundated with ID theft complaints, particularly unemployment and tax return fraud. As citizens we are all vulnerable to this type of crime and need to be more diligent in protecting our personal information."
If you believe you are a victim of ID theft or if your employer has received a similar letter regarding unemployment benefits, the Sheriff's Office is advising you to:
1. Contact the following agencies:
-Your local police department and file a report.
-Unemployment benefit agency that your employer received the letter from
-Social Security Administration
-Federal Trade Commission
-Internal Revenue Service
-Your bank/financial institution
-Credit reporting agencies: Place a fraud alert on your credit report and pull your credit report. Check for suspicious activity or incorrect information. A free credit report can be pulled once a year.
Here are some helpful tips to prevent Identity Theft:
-Do not give out your personal information on the phone, through the mail, or on the Internet unless you initiated the contact or are certain you know with whom you are communicating with.
-Do not keep your social security number or your internet passwords in your purse or wallet. Memorize them!
-Shred papers that contain personal information before throwing them in the trash.
The Will County Sheriff's Office made two drunk driving arrests and wrote nine seat belt citations during the recent Independence Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket crackdown. Citations and arrests on July 4th also included: 1 warrant arrest, 1 felony arrest, 1 drug arrest, 1 illegal transportation of alcohol arrest, 4 driving while license suspended/revoked, 15 non-insurance citations, 28 speeding citations, 4 speeding in a construction zone, 47 citations for other moving/non moving violations and 7 citations for texting while driving/no hands-free device.
Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this statewide effort to get drunk drivers off of our roadways and to encourage seat belt use, especially during late night hours. The Sheriff's Office joined forces with state and local law enforcement in conducting the crackdown campaign featuring high visibility enforcement combined with a variety of outreach activities including a media campaign.
The law enforcement crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT's Division of Traffic Safety and is part of the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns. -end-
HOMER GLEN - On July 15th at approximately 5:00 p.m. personnel from the Will County Sheriff?s Office assigned to the Homer Glen Policing Unit assisted the Illinois Liquor Commissioners Office in conducting a compliance check of local establishments that sell alcoholic beverages. This detail was performed to check businesses regarding their compliance to State and Village?s Ordinances in selling alcohol to minors. A total of 15 businesses holding State and Village Liquor Licenses were checked. These businesses were:
- Speedway Gas Stations (12502 W. 143rd St.; 12007 W. 159th St.; 15060 Bell Rd. and 15551 W. 143rd St.)
- 7-Eleven (14310 Will/Cook Rd.)
- Kenwood Liquors (12037 W. 159th St.)
- Circle K ? Shell Gas (15861 Bell Rd and 12810 W. 143rd St)
- Jewel-Osco (14200 S. Bell Rd.)
- Meijer Gas (14125 S. Bell Rd)
- Homer Wine and Liquor (13011 W. 143rd St.)
- Chili?s (14025 S. Bell Rd)
- Chesdan?s Pizzeria (15764 S. Bell Rd)
- Rubi Agave (12622 W. 159th St.)
- Pepe?s (14852 S. Founders Crossing)
Of the 15 compliance checks, only Pepe?s Restaurant was found to not be compliance as a waiter served alcohol to the minors. An ordinance ticket was issued to the waiter for the incident. The Sheriff?s Office would like to commend the businesses for their responsibilities and diligence in not serving alcoholic beverages to minors. -END-