Elderly Motorist Dead After Schaumburg Crash

CHICAGO (STMW) – A 92-year-old Schaumburg man died Friday afternoon, seven hours after a traffic crash in the northwest suburb.

The man, identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Harvey J. Piaskowski, was driving a vehicle that struck another vehicle in a parking lot in the 700 block of Higgins Road at 10:18 a.m., according to Schaumburg police Sgt. John Nebl.

He then accidentally went through a guardrail and into a small ravine, according to Nebl.

He was alert and talking after the crash and taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village for observation.

Piaskowki, was pronounced dead at Alexian Brothers at 5:35 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

No other injuries were reported, Nebl said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.

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  • notsurprised

    Old people shouldn’t drive. Clearly.

    • Roberta Waker

      Reckless young people shouldn’t drive either. Older people make the news because it’s uncommon for them to have serious accidents since they drive a lot slower to make up for their diminished reaction time. ANY driver that has 2-3 tickets a year or causes a severe accident should be retested and their license suspended NO MATTER how old they are. There are reckless drivers in ALL age groups so don’t pick on older drivers. Remember, YOU will be old someday.

  • Rosetta Harris

    I AGREE NOTSURPISED,MY DAD WAS IN HIS 70,S AND RAN INTO EVERYTHING. i USED TOO HIDE HIS KEYS AND MAKE HIM THINK HE LOST THEM! All of you adult childern out their look out for your parents.

  • Roberta Waker

    Maybe your dad had problems seeing or judging distances? Don’t condemn someone to walking or relying on family to transport them until they are checked out by a doctor to eliminate medical or physical problems. Giving up their driver’s license is very difficult for older people because that means they are giving up their independence. Don’t be too quick to judge until you have them checked out medically. Maybe YOU should look out for your parents like they looked out and protected YOU when you were growing up. Show some compassion because YOU will get old some day.

    • Chicagoan

      Roberta, your comments to both NOT SURPRISED and ROSETTA H. were well said. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and compassion concerning older folks..

  • zarathrusta

    Well, this one won’t be driving anymore.

  • Diane S.

    How old are you, Roberta?

  • Enough already!

    The other night, we followed what we thought was a drunk driver who was crossing over into the other lanes, hit the curb twice, almost hit a telephone pole and 2 cars at stop sign, and countless parked cars… we had 911 on the line reporting what we thought was a drunk driver – we followed to update police and give assistance if he hit anyone… he pulled into garage before sheriff could get to him, but thankfully, they let us fill out a complaint – when they went in to talk to him, he was disoriented and wasn’t drunk – he was 74 years old and it was dark and rainy… he endangered a lot of lives that night…even cops wrote a ticket – he couldn’t remember his daughter’s phone number and lived in a big house by himself – cops called his daughter and she came to assist him – even cop was going to try to see if there was a way to have a mandatory drivers test – I understand the argument about losing your independence, but my kids and grandkids are out there…inevitably, we have to have that talk with our parents and make the tough decisions – in this county, we have tons of transport options for seniors, the bus will come and get them…too often, their children don’t want to give up THEIR independence and care for their parents or spend the $ for care or assisted living…sell that big house, and his care is paid for.. shame that it almost took an accident to make someone aware…while we should have respect for our elders, after age 70, there should be a mandatory driving and vision test EVERY YEAR! No exceptions!!! If that guy had harmed anyone, I couldn’t have forgiven myself …it has nothing to do with compassion and thoughtfulness… here is what the question is: do I feel comfortable having my children or grandchildren playing in the road or driving a vehicle, or even being a passenger IN a vehicle with this person behind the wheel – and yes, I agree that anyone with2 moving violations that endanger the public should have their license taken away as well – but has anyone thought of the tons of illegals that drive every day? There is an insurance company in downtown Aurora, IL, that will sell you insurance if you drive a car, no license necessary… I called and in an accent, indicated I wasn’t legal, had no license could I still get insurance and she said YES – I said even if I am not supposed to be driving, and she said, well, the cops will go easier on you if you at least have INSURANCE!!! You can even buy a car in Aurora if you have no license and they let you drive it off the lot… ANYONE SCARED?

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