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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 . 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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Jodi Waldron August 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Cheryl, you know you all are in my heart, thoughts and prayers. I love you all and I love your dad. Always will. You're right, something needs to be done to change the system. Maybe this will wake up the right person somewhere and it will be used as an example. You know if I'm not there beside you physically, I'm with you in spirit. Please keep in touch, you have my number. I miss you all. Much love to you! <3 (tell your mom I said hi)
Peter Cardinal August 03, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I have known this guy sincce i was in Jr. High. He is not a killer he just made a really bad decission to get behind the wheel. Its not like he did this more then once. I think everyone on this board should stop judgeing him on what happened. He puts his heart on his sleeve. He has done so much nice things for his freinds and family. I think one accident does not deserve a mob of people calling him a killer. I also no that none of you are perfect on this board saying stuff. You may not have killed someone but that doesnt mean you can go around yelling "HE IS A KILLER, THROW AWAY THE KEY" just realx everyone. The guy made a mistake and he has to live with this everyday for the rest of his life now. I do hope the families are ok and i do pray for the family that lost there grandfather im sure the guy was a good man but im sure he wouldnt want you calling this guy a killer IT WAS A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT !!!! i pray that all of you can find it somewhere in your heart to forgive what this poor did. Please he was the only friend that helped get over the loss of my dad when he died he was there for me 24/7. He is a good guy i just wish he would have called someone for a ride.
Jodi Waldron August 04, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Peter, I get it. The kid couldn't have been totally friendless. There are definately people that love him and think very highly of him. That doesn't erase what he did. It's very unfortunate that he didn't call someone for a ride, instead decided to get behind the wheel and drive drunk. I'm sure it wasn't the first time he did that. Facts are facts. He hurt a young family and killed a man. He HAS to take responsibility for what he did. And not just the fact that he WILL have to live with it the rest of his life. That's not enough. So will Rons family and friends and the family he hurt. You lost your father, you know how that feels. Imagine what we all are going through having lost Ron to a drunk driver. Imagine what Rons family is going through. You know, you've been there. We are not a "mob" of haters calling him a killer. We know it was a terrible accident. Although I am having problems, and I'm sure I'm not alone here, in calling it an "accident" when the driver that caused it was drunk. My hope is that justice is done and yes, he spend some serious time for his "mistake". It would be an injustice if he didn't have to pay for what he did to the utmost limits. No, none of us claim to be perfect. That's impossible. Neither are you, I'm sure. Ron would've been forgiving of him, that's how Ron was. I will find forgiveness for him too, someday. As will everyone else I'm sure. Just not right now. My heart goes out to you, truly.
Jodi Waldron August 08, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Arraignment hearing for Andrew Henderson was today. He pleaded NOT GUILTY, so motions are to be filed on Aug. 22 & 29, and the case goes to trial on Sep. 5 @ 9:30 in Rm. 407. Judge Edward Burmila was assigned the case--that's if the Drew Peterson case is over by then. Just thought I'd share. I was not able to be a the courthouse, had to work, but I was there in spirit. Lets hope justice is done at the court dates to come. Please pray for the Oswalds and Nikkis family that were in the car.
Joan Senffner August 08, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Thanks for info, Jodi. Prayers are on the way for all involved & freinds & families.

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