Joliet Man, 20, Who Ran into a Lake While Fleeing Police Officers Dies of Injuries

Andrew Banaski was pulled unconscious from the water Tuesday and died four days later at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center.

The 20-year-old man who ran into a lake while fleeing has died, according to the Will County coroner's office.

Andrew M. Banaski, of 3904 Hennepin Drive, , died at in Joliet Saturday, four days after police pulled him unconscious from the lake behind homes in the 3400 block of Lake Shore Drive.

Police were attempting to arrest Banaski shortly after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and on a warrant for assault, also a misdemeanor. It's not clear why Banaski would have run from police, although he has done so in the past, Joliet police Cmdr. Al Roechner said.

Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy, but it's speculated that Banaski may have gotten caught in the lake weeds and started to drown. One of the pursuing officers swam out to rescue him and CPR was performed when they got Banaski to shore, Roechner said.

There is no truth to rumors that police used a Taser while pursuing Banaski into the water. Roechner said the officer who rescued him had to remove all of his equipment before going in to save him.

According to Banaski's obituary, published online by the in Plainfield, he was born in Evergreen Park and formerly lived in Romeoville.

His visitation is Wednesday at the funeral home and his funeral will be Saturday in Caney, Ky.

Observer June 26, 2012 at 05:12 PM
First, Let me say how sorry I am for this whole family for this horrible loss. Losing a child is the hardest thing in life to deal with. Second, I was in the lobby of the hospital when this man came in to see his son and I over heard the conversation with security officers. "Curt" was told that a restriction was signed not allowing him to visit with his son. I even heard the security officer tell him "give me your number and we will call you", I thought how cruel. There are many fathers out there who do not care about their chldren, I don't know the history but the man obviously cared enough for his son to come see him (not to mention, he was visibly upset). All I can say is that my heart goes out to this family, the entire family for the pain and loss of their child. No one should ever have to go through this type of pain.
Claudia June 26, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Observer, Thank you so much for taking the time to post this.
becca June 27, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Andrew and my older brother Brandon used to be really good friends. He stayed by ny house numerous amounts of times. Despite some of the choices Andrew made throught his life it did NOT make him less of a person. He was an incredible man and friend. He had such a big heart. to ALL of his family, I am so sorry for your loss. Andrew, i love you and will never ever forget you.<3
Claudia June 28, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Thank you Becca. Tonight I was at his wake and it was so sad seeing my nephew like that. May his sole rest in piece. You will always be in my heart. I love you
nicole sill October 30, 2012 at 02:26 PM
i am one of andrews family member and i believe this whole thing as not andrew fault, i blame the cops. andrew didnt do nothing wrong at alll . whoever got sommething mean to say they can take it up with someone else because we dont want to hear it i was ther at his wake and it was tearfull. so as i ask please do not talk mean about andrew


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