DRIVER ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED DUI
Monday, April 20, 2015
—Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today that a Justice man has been charged in connection with a crash that killed a 94-year-old woman.
Patrick O’Connor was charged Saturday with aggravated driving under the influence causing bodily harm or death. His bond was set at $750,000 during a hearing on Sunday at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building.
At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Friday, April 10, O’Connor, 29, of Justice, was driving a 2002 Mercury Sable westbound on Archer Avenue in unincorporated Lemont when he crossed into eastbound traffic near 107th Street and struck a 2011 Subaru Outback, according to the Sheriff’s Police preliminary investigation.
The passenger in the Outback, 94-year-old Lillian Linduska of Brookfield, was taken to an area hospital where she died.
O’Connor and the driver of the Outback, a 66 year-old Downers Grove woman, were treated for minor injuries at area hospitals.
During their investigation, Sheriff’s Police detectives learned that O’Connor had consumed alcohol and had been administered methadone earlier that day.
O’Connor also has been cited for driving too fast for conditions, failure to reduce speed, DUI, and crossing the median.
O’Connor remains in custody at Cook County Jail in lieu of bond. His next court date is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, at the Bridgeview Courthouse.
Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.