Follow-up To January 13, 2012 Lincolnshire, Illinois “Wrong-Way” Driver Accident

This blog post is an update to the blog post of January 14, titled “‘Wrong-Way’ Driver in Lincolnshire, Illinois Involved In Accident.”

The man driving the SUV in the wrong direction in Lincolnshire, John Warsaw, 63, was in Lake County court on Thursday regarding that January 13 accident.  Warsaw was charged with reckless homicide and 2 counts of aggravated DUI causing death or great bodily harm.  He paid the required $50,000 (of the $500,000 bond) on May 17 and was released from Lake County jail.

One of the passengers in the vehicle he struck head-on, Shruti Phandis, 26, of Wheeling, died five days following that January 13 accident.  Various others involved in the accident were hospitalized.

An excerpt regarding the January 13 accident, referencing comments from Lincolnshire Police Det. Adam Hyde, from the Glencoe TribLocal story of May 18, titled “UPDATE: Glencoe man charged with reckless homicide in crash that killed newlywed” :

Police received numerous 911 calls at about 8:50 p.m. Jan. 13, Hyde said. A Honda CRV, allegedly operated by Warsaw, was seen driving into a ditch before swerving into the median on Illinois Highway 22 in Buffalo Grove, where the vehicle hit a street sign, police said. It continued eastbound before turning south on Highway 21, where it was driving in northbound lanes before striking a Toyota Corolla, Hyde said.

The Corolla was pushed into the air and landed on the hood and windshield of a Jeep Grand Cherokee behind it. The drivers of the three vehicles were taken to area hospitals, Hyde said.

According to Hyde, Warsaw’s blood alcohol content was more than 0.1 percent — higher than the legal maximum of .08 percent — additionally, he had the prescription narcotic hydrocodone (the generic variant of Vicodin) in his system.

Additional details and possible updates can be found in a variety of media sources including the Glencoe TribLocal article mentioned above, as well as the May 17 Glencoe News story titled “Glencoe man charged with homicide in fatal crash in Lincolnshire.”


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