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Man Charged with DUI in Crash that Killed Motorcyclist, Hospitalized Family

State police say Andrew Henderson, 24, of Palos Park, was drunk when he set off a chain-reaction crash that killed Ron Oswald of Minooka.

A week after a three-vehicle crash that killed a Minooka motorcyclist and injured a family of four, a Palos Park man is facing a DUI charge.

Illinois State Police said Andrew Henderson, 24, of the 0-100 block of Old Creek Road, is charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in the crash that killed Ron Oswald, 57. Initially, Henderson was charged only with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

According to police, Henderson’s Dodge Durango was traveling west on Route 126 at about 2:30 p.m. July 14 when it struck a Nissan Altima waiting to turn left onto County Line Road in . The impact pushed the Altima into the eastbound lane, where it hit Oswald’s Harley-Davidson.

Oswald was taken to Rush-Copley Hospital in Aurora, where he was pronounced dead.

The 30-year-old driver of the Nissan and his wife and two small children, an infant and toddler, were taken to Silver Cross Hospital, police said.

Henderson, who is due in Will County court Aug. 8 for a preliminary hearing, was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital with minor injures, according to police.

He is being held at the Will County jail in lieu of $7,500 bail.

A state police spokesman said no additional information was available Saturday. Check back with Patch for updates on this developing story.

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John Roberts July 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM
The acts of self responsibility goes a long way....you are correct CC you get harassed for public intoxication because everything is about money,the police dont even care if your drunk..Chances are your going before the judge will most likely plead out with a fine instead of fighting it and the court gets your money...
John Roberts July 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Police pulling people over yeah in theory you migh of stopped a bad thing from happening but it can not be proven that any of the people that go to jail for DUI after being pulled over were going to wreck..we only assume which is only what we can do..
John Roberts July 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Seizing cars sounds good but...lol....There are a lot of wives,mothers of children, who can not stop their husbands from going out and doing what they want,a lot of jthem are beaten,the will county court house is full of people who beat their wives and kids..when this husband or wife gets the car taken the whole family suffers,it's one thing to have a spouse in jail it's another to have the spouse in jail and no vehicle to take care of the family,no car most of the time means loss of job,loss of house,loss of food,and people end up in shelters....which could result in loss of kids...lol yep in a real bind with DUI laws...only one that wins right now is the courthouse when they get your money.....Death is the only way to stop someone from doing anything and we can not have that to enforce a drinking law.lol you are correct on the unintended consequences...3 strikes law looks good on paper and sounds great too until people get a life sentence for violating parole becoming a medical marijuana patient and smoking a joint..because federal law prohibits you from saying you use it for medical purposes..like they are doing now...your not allowed to tell the jury your a medical marijuana card holder nor a patient....in theory,in reality are 2 different things.
John Roberts July 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Making laws harsher does not stop it,,Murder is punishable by death,it happens everyday in Chicago...by the numbers,groups,...robbery,yeah there caught and go to prison and steal,rape too,happens everyday...the laws for these crimes has some of the harshest punishments and it still does nothing...it on Y makes the police try harder in finding a way to convict you on a harsher charge not the charge you should be charged with...look at the drug laws...How many cops have been busted planting drugs on people by their own cars dash cam,how many people claim to have this done to them that have a drug conviction,never did drugs,....we have to be careful..when a law is passed it is used to the fullest extent against its citizens and is a double standard for police and government officials...like the lady that just got the Torture law passed when her husband locked her up and beat her...the law was not passed in the domestic violence law it was passed in the aggravated assault law..which means a fight is not a fight anymore if the police pull up and you have a hold of someone and punching him that's torture...that a class x felony. 6 to 30 years mandatory 4 ...for a fist fight you have with a family member..the cop does not care that's your family..he cares about e conviction and his raise and rewards he gets for it,the states attorneys care more about the statistical numbers when running for an office position.
Jodi Waldron July 24, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Of course, I have no words express my anger when I found out this jerk was drunk. I do not drink alcohol at all, not even socially. So when something like this happens, it pisses me off to no end. BUT, I think the most important thing is again being overlooked. We need to remember my dear friend Ron, his family and friends, and the family in the car. My thoughts and prayers are still with them and always will be. This may sound bitter, I am bitter, but this "guy" will spend the rest of his life with the guilt and depression, in prison or out, that comes with living with the fact that his ignorance took the life of another and scarred a young family. I think this is worse than any sentence a judge can hand down to him. It's my hope that everyone in the car will be ok. And the only comfort I can find in losing Ron is knowing that I have the most caring, loving, dedicated angel watching over me. Miss you!!!!!
Ernie Knight July 25, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Your disdain for the police is very clear. I'd be interested in exactly what statute you're referring to with regard to torture. I have a feeling you've been watching too much TV. Cops don't enjoy domestics. They are among the most dangerous of situations that cops deal with. Back before the late '80s, domestic battery didn't exist and cops generally didn't arrest in domestics unless somebody went to the hospital (if then). The treatment of domestic battery as a crime has been far more effective. These laws are not opportunities to fluff up arrest numbers. They are tools to use against domestic abusers, hopefully before domestic homicides can occur. Go sit in domestic violence court and see what you think.
oswegoannie July 26, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Wow. You should have said making harsher law does not stop IDIOCY nor does it create maturity, responsibility and basic caring for fellow human beings. I personally think any drunk or druggie who kills someone while under the influence should be locked up for life, no second chances to go out and do it again. My heart aches for the family and friends who lost Ron - he did not deserve to be taken from them by a selfish drunken moron.
lisa divita July 26, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Andrew Henderson is not that bad of a guy i know him personaly and im sure he is hurting really bad after what had happened im sure he is very sorry for what he did and wish he can help in anyway i grew up with him and hes a good kid just had a couple issiues to deal with.im sure he prays for the families hurt everyday to get better i agree he mad a mistake but he didnt mean to hurt anyone he would do anything under the sun to make people happy he just made a big mistake that he will pay with his freedon he caares about people so dont make him sound like an animal beause hes not god bless the families that are greeving and god bless you andrew
Jodi Waldron July 26, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Lisa, I'm sure he's not a "bad guy" that had "bad intentions". Drunks never are! I'm sure he's very sorry for what happened and prays everyday for the families. Bet he's also praying for forgiveness and that he doesn't have to spend too much time in jail. He made a big mistake which he will be paying for the rest of his life. The guilt he's going to have to live with will be tremendous! This is MY hope. You have to admit, he does deserve at least that for all the pain he caused, for all the families he hurt. I hope that all of Rons kids and the family of the people in car are in that courtroom so he can see their faces. Know exactly what he did. The only way he can help is to be put away for a very long time. But then again, someday, he'll be back on the road again, drinking and driving, and chances are he will take the life of another. AGAIN. Is he an animal? Probably not, to all of his friends he partys with. I'm praying for you Lisa. Hope you and all his partying buddys use this as a lesson.
susan dean July 26, 2012 at 07:20 PM
He was charged with DUI: not driving drunk. He tried to kill himself the next day and has been on suicide watch ever since. I know his family and they are crushed about the loss of Mr. Oswold and the injuries to all. If found guilty, he will never drive again, never have a wife or child and never have a job. He was a union electrician working 60 hours a week in 100 degree temperature. He was a great driver with a CDL. What a shame that the inaccurate press release has caused even further trauma to the accident victims who have been devastated thinking he is another punk drunk who wrecked their lives.
Nikki morales July 26, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Ok you no what makes me laugh is that there are people on here defending a man who has no respect for himself or anyone else even you Lisa, I think that your a ass hole like our drunk friend to think for one second someone like that is a good guy you must be a drunk too he killed a man and almost killed my niece and nephew and sister-inlaw I and along with many other people don't care what a stand up man he is he is a punk and not a man at all he's on suicide watch poor baby !!!! He's more of a ass hole then I thought can't deal with what he did maybe he should drink that should help how he feels !!!!! So is this mean no it's true cause if it was your family killed I bet your tune would change there people. there's no difference between a DUI and a dwi both have the same meaning don't drive !!!!!!! No one cares he worked 60 hours a week good I hope he has money cause his loser ass is about to be sued from one end to the other !!!!! Think about who your defending he is a killer .
Nikki morales July 26, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Susan he is punk drunk that ruined lives wake up it was two in the afternoon he was clearly wasted he smashed into a stopped car no tire tracks that means he never tired to avoid it and oh to the right wide open fields great driver my ass a great driver with a cdl would never get in a freaking car having one beer or taking one pill that says don't drive or operate heavy machinery !!!!!!!
Jodi Waldron July 26, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Susan, I'm with Nikki here. I feel bad for his family, they have to go through this too and they didn't do anything. But he was DRUNK, no skid marks, didn't even slow down. 2 in the afternoon? Come on now. DUI, DWI, doesn't matter. IF found guilty? Suicide watch? Really? And so it starts. I'm hearing little violins. Feel sorry for him? Not in the slightest. I will, as I'm sure everyone will, find forgiveness someday. Just not now. What about Rons 8 kids and 14 grandkids? What about the baby coming that will never know his grandpa? What about all his friends? All of us robbed of a great father, grandfather and dear friend. What about Nikkis family? Wonder how long it will take for them to recover? So when you say you feel bad that "Mr Henderson" will never drive again, never have a wife or child, never have a job. Gotta ask ya, did you think about Ron? He will never drive again, hug his kids and grandkids, ride his motorcycle, welcome home or send off our soldiers he was so proud to do, watch his grandkids play baseball and football, love his family and friends like we still love him. Wow, you never thought about that did you? Union electrician with a CDL working 60 hours a week in the heat. Again, with the violins here! It was HIS choice to get behind that wheel and drive. There was no inaccurate press release. Those are the charges, so far, being brought against him. For now, he IS a punk who wrecked their lives. Think about it.
Jodi Waldron July 26, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Agree Nikki!!! Prayers to you and your family. Hoping their recovery is fast and complete. I believe he's using the suicide watch to keep him out of the jail population where he just might get hurt for what he did. I can tell you are very angry. Again, you be sure to be there at his hearing. He needs to see all of your faces, realize what he did. We're with you!!!!!!
Jodi Waldron July 26, 2012 at 09:58 PM
If I'm not mistaken, he HAD a CDL. 1 DUI and it's done!! Well, here it is and he's done. I, like you, hope he saved some of those hard earned dollars working in the heat to pay for his attorney fees, gonna need it!!!!! I don't mean to sound bitter, I'm not that kind of person. But I think those who defend this guy need to rethink their feelings. What he did was wrong, plain wrong, and he needs to pay for it, in or out of jail. Hopefully in. Its bad enough out there for us on bikes, but to think he may be back driving puts all of us at risk just that much more. He needs to pay for what he did. Period. I will not defend a drunk driver. And you two shouldn't either.
Nikki morales July 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Jodi I love you I am sorry for your loss !!!! I am really mad I almost lost my husband to a drunk driver in 2006 and thankfully in that wreck the drunk died but this one was so much worse there were babies in that car my worst fear being a mom ever and the sheer fact that this girl Lisa is telling people he is a good guy makes my blood boil because she is just as dumb as him !!!!!!!!
Jodi Waldron July 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Nikki, I love you too! And thank you. We're all with you! Again, I pray for your family and hope for a complete and speedy recovery. I have 2 grown daughters, I know that fear. Something has got to be done about this! I think he needs to be used as an example. Given the most severe of charges. I guess I can see where "friends" would defend this person (I'm trying to be nice here) but they also have to realize his total disregard for others and what he did as a result. Lisa and Susan, please read what we have written here and think about it. I'm thinking this was the wrong place to defend this guy.
susan dean July 27, 2012 at 03:15 PM
From my heart i was trying to remind you he will be punished forever like everyone wants. No violins, just trying to help your grief to know he is destroyed forever, like everyone wants: A reminder to all that it is not just many years in jail but no life afterwards: that will be his punishment. Not saying, it is the wrong punishment but that he will pay more than you thought. My prayers continue for all the people involved. A terrible loss. I understand the anger and rage at such a senseless loss. My heart breaks for Ron's family. I think Lisa was not defending him but reminding everyone he was a person: she did not defend his actions. I know this blog has turned vigilante but I hope when everyone starts to recover they will re-read this comment and understand that this is not the right way to work through your grief. If you only want people to blog here that support your view, then this is the wrong venue. I will not post or read this site ever again so slam my good heart all you want.
cheryl Mead July 28, 2012 at 05:29 PM
wow John, I so remembered when that happened and still am so heartbroken over ur loss. Everyday I have a fear when I put my kids into my car because u never know what idiot is out there and that is all u really can do is watch, be alert, and protect yourself...........unfortunately u cant control other people and what they do. I am so against drinking and driving and wish people would act responsibly when they drink. Nothing wrong with getting a ride or calling a cab, I wonder if these people actually put this into a thought process b4 they even go out and have their first drink, how they get around should be the most important thing of the night!
cheryl Mead July 28, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Ernie is right, not all that long ago when a call came in for Domestic Violence the officer would just tell the abuser go take a walk and cool it then come back, not much else was done. Domestic Violence calls are one of the worst an officer goes to because of how unpredictable the situation can be. They have no clue what they are going into, can only just be prepared.
cheryl Mead July 28, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Actions have consequences, regardless if he is a good guy or not...........we all have problems and issues in life and common sense tells us that when you have a drink and get behind a wheel that it is not a good thing. IDK what he thought he was accomplishing by doing what he did, him having issues is no excuse. Did this take away the issues he had or did it add to it by giving him more issues. People need to start using their heads and think about others before self pitying themselves. I know you care about your friend and u see a side of him we dont and that maybe he does feel bad, but good, I am glad he feels bad because the family of the victims feels bad and always will. Now hopefully he feels bad enough to where even though he feels bad he will NEVER do this again.
cheryl Mead July 28, 2012 at 05:58 PM
way to go Jodi, well said, I couldn't have said it better. Dude is still alive and unless he gets life i am sure he will be out getting to do all that, the Victim Ron.........never again will he be able to do anything! and him working in any kind of condition is no excuse to act stupid and be stupid! there are alot of hard workers out there that dont do what he did! no pity party here! sorry Susan! My heart is only going to the victims and their families! I am a Mother Against Drinking and Driving! Period!
Jodi Waldron July 29, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Susan, I won't slam you. I'm not like that. I get from your posts you have a good heart. I get that you would feel the way you do because you know his family. But what if you didn't? What if you were friends with Ron or Nikki's family? Just saying.
Jodi Waldron July 29, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Thanks Cheryl. I guess it was easy because my heart is broke over losing Ron and I'm just angry that it's because of a drunk driver. And Nikki's family, what scars will they have to carry the rest of their lives over this because of a drunk driver? Every word came from my heart. I can't feel bad or have any sympathy for this man/boy. Sounds like he could've had a decent life ahead of him but Ron did too. He had a full life with beautiful children and grandchildren and so many friends. Enjoying every minute. We were all blessed to have him in our lives. BTW, I'm a huge advocate of MADD. Of ANYTHING against drunk driving!! <3
Cheryl Hatley August 01, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I am one of Ron's daughters. We would like to thank all of you for all of your support and for the continued support to come. It is heart wrenching that we have lost our father in the tragic way that we have, but with our loss I hope that we will be able to make some kind of change in the justice sysem with regard to drunk drivers. This will not bring back our father, but it may save someone else's.
Jodi Waldron August 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Cheryl, you know you all are in my heart, thoughts and prayers. I love you all and I love your dad. Always will. You're right, something needs to be done to change the system. Maybe this will wake up the right person somewhere and it will be used as an example. You know if I'm not there beside you physically, I'm with you in spirit. Please keep in touch, you have my number. I miss you all. Much love to you! <3 (tell your mom I said hi)
Peter Cardinal August 03, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I have known this guy sincce i was in Jr. High. He is not a killer he just made a really bad decission to get behind the wheel. Its not like he did this more then once. I think everyone on this board should stop judgeing him on what happened. He puts his heart on his sleeve. He has done so much nice things for his freinds and family. I think one accident does not deserve a mob of people calling him a killer. I also no that none of you are perfect on this board saying stuff. You may not have killed someone but that doesnt mean you can go around yelling "HE IS A KILLER, THROW AWAY THE KEY" just realx everyone. The guy made a mistake and he has to live with this everyday for the rest of his life now. I do hope the families are ok and i do pray for the family that lost there grandfather im sure the guy was a good man but im sure he wouldnt want you calling this guy a killer IT WAS A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT !!!! i pray that all of you can find it somewhere in your heart to forgive what this poor did. Please he was the only friend that helped get over the loss of my dad when he died he was there for me 24/7. He is a good guy i just wish he would have called someone for a ride.
Jodi Waldron August 04, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Peter, I get it. The kid couldn't have been totally friendless. There are definately people that love him and think very highly of him. That doesn't erase what he did. It's very unfortunate that he didn't call someone for a ride, instead decided to get behind the wheel and drive drunk. I'm sure it wasn't the first time he did that. Facts are facts. He hurt a young family and killed a man. He HAS to take responsibility for what he did. And not just the fact that he WILL have to live with it the rest of his life. That's not enough. So will Rons family and friends and the family he hurt. You lost your father, you know how that feels. Imagine what we all are going through having lost Ron to a drunk driver. Imagine what Rons family is going through. You know, you've been there. We are not a "mob" of haters calling him a killer. We know it was a terrible accident. Although I am having problems, and I'm sure I'm not alone here, in calling it an "accident" when the driver that caused it was drunk. My hope is that justice is done and yes, he spend some serious time for his "mistake". It would be an injustice if he didn't have to pay for what he did to the utmost limits. No, none of us claim to be perfect. That's impossible. Neither are you, I'm sure. Ron would've been forgiving of him, that's how Ron was. I will find forgiveness for him too, someday. As will everyone else I'm sure. Just not right now. My heart goes out to you, truly.
Jodi Waldron August 08, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Arraignment hearing for Andrew Henderson was today. He pleaded NOT GUILTY, so motions are to be filed on Aug. 22 & 29, and the case goes to trial on Sep. 5 @ 9:30 in Rm. 407. Judge Edward Burmila was assigned the case--that's if the Drew Peterson case is over by then. Just thought I'd share. I was not able to be a the courthouse, had to work, but I was there in spirit. Lets hope justice is done at the court dates to come. Please pray for the Oswalds and Nikkis family that were in the car.
Joan Senffner August 08, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Thanks for info, Jodi. Prayers are on the way for all involved & freinds & families.

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