Special prosecutor ordered in case of former Will County Board member
By Bill Bird firstname.lastname@example.org January 30, 2014 10:32PM
A special prosecutor has been appointed in the case of former Will County Board member Michael F. Wisniewski, who is accused of striking a pedestrian last fall with his vehicle. | Courtesy of the Will County Sheriff's Office
Updated: March 3, 2014 5:18PM
A special prosecutor will handle the case against a former Will County Board member from the Naperville area, who stands accused of seriously injuring a pedestrian last fall with his sport utility vehicle and then fleeing from the scene of the crash.
The arrangement has been made by Will County officials in order to avoid any possible appearance of impropriety or conflict of interest in the upcoming trial of ex-county board member Michael F. Wisniewski. He was arrested Nov. 7 at his home on the 11S400 block of Sanders Road, in the unincorporated Wheatland South area of the county near Naperville’s far south side.
The 63-year-old Wisniewski, who is free on bond, appeared this week for a hearing before Will County Circuit Court Judge Edward A. Burmila. The special prosecutor was absent from that hearing, according to court records.
Burmila granted Wisniewski’s request that he be allowed to leave the state “for employment purposes,” records indicated. The judge then continued the case to March 7.
Charles B. Pelkie, spokesman for State’s Attorney James Glasgow, confirmed in an email that “most likely, the special prosecutor will be (from) the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s Office.” That step is being taken “because of (Wisniewski’s) status as a former county board member,” Pelkie said.
Authorities in November said a woman taking a walk near Wagner Road and Walter Lane in unincorporated Wheatland Township reported hearing a loud thump as a red, 2004 Honda Pilot SUV drove by, its windshield covered in frost.
The woman said she saw what at first appeared to be a bag filled with trash fall to the ground. But upon investigation. she found a 48-year-old man sprawled on the ground and bleeding from his head.
Paramedics took the man to Edward Hospital in Naperville, where he was admitted into the intensive care unit.
He underwent treatment for bleeding on the brain. His current condition is not known.
Police focused their investigation on Wisniewski after finding a piece of the SUV that allegedly broke off upon impact. They reportedly found the vehicle damaged and bandaged with duct tape.
Wisniewski, under questioning, allegedly said he did not call police about the crash, but was about to contact his insurance agent.
Wisniewski between 2002 and 2010 served two terms on the county board.