Former Will County Board member arrested
By Brian Stanley and Janet Lundquist Staff reporters November 8, 2013 2:24PM
Michael Wisniewski | Will County Sheriff's Office
Updated: December 11, 2013 6:35AM
A woman out for a walk Thursday morning near Wagner Road and Walter Lane in Wheatland Township told police she heard a loud thump as a red sport utility vehicle drove by.
The vehicle’s windshield appeared to be completely frosted, the woman told police. After she heard the thump at about 7:45 a.m., she said, she saw something she thought was garbage fall to the ground.
When she walked over to check it out, she found a man lying on the ground, bleeding from his head, authorities said.
“He was hit by a 2004 Honda Pilot that left the scene, but witnesses stayed with the victim, called 911 and spoke with deputies,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said.
A former Will County Board member, Michael Wisniewski, 63, was arrested for allegedly driving off after striking the pedestrian with his SUV. He was arrested and booked into the county jail on charges of hit-and-run and failing to report an accident.
The 48-year-old man — who police say was walking across the street when he was hit by the vehicle — was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville where he was placed in intensive care with bleeding on his brain, prosecutors said.
Vehicle information led authorities to 11S414 Sanders Road where deputies questioned Wisniewski and determined he was driving the Pilot, Hoffmeyer said.
Police were led to Wisniewski by a piece of the SUV that broke off in the collision. Through that, they tracked the vehicle to an address a few blocks away from the scene of the incident. They found the vehicle was damaged and patched with duct tape, prosecutors said Friday.
About 3:44 p.m. Thursday, they questioned Wisniewski about the incident. He said he didn’t call police about the collision, but was getting ready to call his insurance company, prosecutors said.
After Wisniewski said he probably could get a relative to give him $3,000 for bond, Will County Judge Roger Rickmon set Wisniewski’s bail at $50,000, so he needs $5,000 to bond out of jail.
If he posts bond, Rickmon said he is prohibited from driving. Wisniewski is scheduled to appear in court again Dec. 2.