More Charges May Come In Deadly Crash Caused By Woman Using Cell Phone

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (CBS) — More charges may be on the way for a Buffalo Grove woman accused of checking her cell phone while driving.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports, Kelly Luch, 23, is accused of hitting a man changing his tire on Route 53 in Rolling Meadows.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports

The man, Marcin Niepsuj of Hawthorn Woods, later died.

Illinois State Police say Luch struck Niepsuj and pinned him against her car in the center median, as he changed a tire on northbound Route 53 just off the Kirchoff Road exit around 7:33 p.m. Aug. 1.

Authorities say Luch has admitted she was scrolling through her cell phone contact list at the time, the Daily Herald reported.

Niepsuj was pronounced dead at 2:38 p.m. Sept. 1 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, and now, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office says charges could be upgraded, the Daily Herald reports.

Luch already has been ticketed for improper lane usage, improper passing on the shoulder, and using an electronic device while driving, the Daily Herald reported.

Neipsuj’s family has also filed a personal injury lawsuit against Luch, which is due for a hearing in October, the newspaper reported.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • ChicagoCitizen

    Let this be a lesson for everyone. If you’re ever involved in an incident like this, NEVER, EVER talk to the police without a lawyer present and advising you to do so. Remain silent and you may be able to avoid some of the charges. Remember, the police will lie through their teeth to get a confession, including telling you that you will help yourself by talking. Don’t believe it!!

  • annonymous

    Are you out of your mind? It literally took a second to take someone’s life away. By being egocentric and ignorant and using her cellphone while driving, she killed a person. She should face jail-time. This is considered man slaughter. Instead of discussing what could have been done and what should have been done, face it. It WAS done. This ignorant person killed a man.

  • annonymous 1

    This girl should sit in jail for killing the head of a household a son an uncle cousin friend. She didn’t show up @ court shows she doesn’t care and its sad. I hope she gets what she deserves for destroying a family. I did fEel bad for her at one point but not anymore

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