Man Charged with DUI in Crash that Killed Motorcyclist, Hospitalized Family
State police say Andrew Henderson, 24, of Palos Park, was drunk when he set off a chain-reaction crash that killed Ron Oswald of Minooka.
A week after a three-vehicle crash that killed a Minooka motorcyclist and injured a family of four, a Palos Park man is facing a DUI charge.
Illinois State Police said Andrew Henderson, 24, of the 0-100 block of Old Creek Road, is charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in the crash that killed Ron Oswald, 57. Initially, Henderson was charged only with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
According to police, Henderson’s Dodge Durango was traveling west on Route 126 at about 2:30 p.m. July 14 when it struck a Nissan Altima waiting to turn left onto County Line Road in Plainfield. The impact pushed the Altima into the eastbound lane, where it hit Oswald’s Harley-Davidson.
Oswald was taken to Rush-Copley Hospital in Aurora, where he was pronounced dead.
The 30-year-old driver of the Nissan and his wife and two small children, an infant and toddler, were taken to Silver Cross Hospital, police said.
Henderson, who is due in Will County court Aug. 8 for a preliminary hearing, was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital with minor injures, according to police.
He is being held at the Will County jail in lieu of $7,500 bail.
A state police spokesman said no additional information was available Saturday. Check back with Patch for updates on this developing story.
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