Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The civil case against a Naperville man who allegedly ran down a young woman from Joliet and then fled, leaving her to die, has a settlement agreement on the table.
The family of a 20-year-old Joliet woman left for dead on the side of McDonough Street has offered to settle a wrongful death lawsuit for $250,000. The settlement deal calls for attorneys representing the estate of University of Illinois student Melissa Lech to get $84,325.09 of the settlement. Half of the remaining $165,674.91 will go to Lech's mother, Maria Lech. Melissa Lech's two sisters, Monica and Michelle Lech, would split $82,837.45, according to court papers. Melissa Lech, a Plainfield South High School graduate, was run down on McDonough Street in August 2008. On the night of her death, she drank on the way up to a White Sox game, continued drinking at the game and on the way back to Joliet, and then headed to the Jefferson …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
A hit-and-run driver mowed down a Crest Hill man walking his dog early Saturday, leaving him mortally injured in the street.
A Crest Hill man left to die in the street by a hit-and-run driver Saturday morning clung to life but succumbed to his injuries Monday. Luis Vallaldid, 68, died at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center two days after a car ran him down near the corner of Curtis Avenue and William Street. Vallaldid and his wife, 68-year-old Carmen Vallaldid, were walking their dog about 6:45 a.m. Saturday. The Vallaldids were in the street but near the sidewalk when a smaller, gray or silver car heading east on the westbound side of the roadway hit them, said Joliet police Capt. Mike Botzum. Luis Vallaldid suffered grievous injuries, Botzum said, but Carmen Vallaldid was just grazed by the car and unhurt. The driver got out of the car, walked over and looked …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Driver fled after multi-vehicle crash at Route 59 and Caton Farm Road.
One person was taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet Saturday after a hit-and-run crash at Caton Farm Road and Route 59, Joliet police said. A spokesman for the Joliet Police Department's west substation said four to five cars were involved in the crash around 3:15 p.m. He said details were unavailable on the crash late Saturday afternoon, but did say the offending driver fled the scene of the accident. Police did not have any information on the patient's condition immediately following the crash. On Saturday night, Joliet police did not respond to followup calls by Patch seeking information on the suspect vehicle and victim's condition.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Injured victim transported to hospital; details of the accident and the extent of the injuries are not known.
One person was injured Friday afternoon in a hit-and-run crash near Cunningham School. "From best we could tell, it was a two vehicle motor vehicle collision and one of the vehicles left the scene," Joliet Fire Department Lt. Tim Blatnicky said. The accident happened at about 3:10 p.m. at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Hutchins Street. The force of the collision caused the victim's vehicle to roll and come to a rest on its roof. "The occupant of the vehicle was able to get out of the vehicle on their own," Blatnicky said. Resident Roger Thompson, who is a member of the Cunningham Neighborhood Council said he heard the crash from his house. "Now that Ive been on neighborhood watch, I am starting to listen to noises more and …