FRANKFORT, Ill. (STMW) — A man charged with driving drunk and causing a crash that killed an elderly couple Thursday near southwest suburban Frankfort was ordered held on $200,000 bond.
The accident happened at 7:36 p.m. at Route 45 and Pauling Road near Frankfort, according to Illinois State Police.
John Wiesch, of Monee, was driving a 2008 Ford F250 pickup eastbound on Pauling Road when he ran a stop sign at Route 45 and hit the passenger side of a 2013 Toyota Avalon carrying a husband and wife from Mokena, State Police said.
The driver, 84-year-old William Slager, was pronounced dead at the scene, State Police said.
His wife, 82-year-old Harriet Slager, was airlifted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where she died at 11:25 p.m. Friday, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Wiesch was intoxicated and had been drinking, police claim. He was taken to a hospital and later released to police custody.
He remains in the Will County Jail on a felony charge of aggravated DUI causing death, and a misdemeanor count of DUI. He was also ticketed for disregarding a stop sign and operating without insurance, according to the Will County Sheriff’s office.
He was ordered held on $200,000 bond, the sheriff’s office said.
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