Thursday, August 9, 2012
Andrew Henderson of Palos Park set to stand trial in crash that killed Minooka motorcyclist Ron Oswald and injured a family of four.
A Palos Park man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated DUI in connection with a July 14 crash that killed one man and sent a family of four to the hospital. Andrew Henderson, 24, has a Sept. 5 pretrial date on charges that he was drunk when his Dodge Durango SUV rear-ended another vehicle at the intersection of Route 126 and County Line Road, pushing the car into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. The Plainfield crash killed Minooka motorcyclist and father of eight Ron Oswald, 57. The family of four — including a mother, father, infant and toddler — were taken to Silver Cross Hospital following the crash. Henderson, who is represented by a public defender, was arraigned Wednesday at the Will County courthouse, where he’…
Saturday, July 21, 2012
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 Plainfield. The impact pushed the Altima into the eastbound lane, where it hit Oswald’s Harley-Davidson. Oswald was taken to Rush-Copley …
Big Hearted Bikers sponsor an event to raise funds for the family of Ron Oswald and the other family involved in the crash July 14.
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
From the moment his biker family heard about Ron Oswald's untimely death, they gathered together, honoring him with a calvalcade. Now, they are planning a fundraiser not only for Oswald, but also for the family involved in and injured in the crash. "We know both families are in need," Barb Fitzpatrick, a Will County ABATE and Warriors Watch rider said of the fundraiser. Big Hearted Bikers, a group out of Joliet, has stepped up to the plate, so to speak and are hosting a fundraiser. From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 21, a spaghetti dinner will take place at Dale AC, 704 Moen Ave., in Rockdale. Tickets are $7 per person and include dessert. Big Hearted Bikers was started by Joliet residents Randy Jones and Ed Gulas to ride together and raise money…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Fellow bikers took part in an honor ride in memory of Ron Oswald.
Randy Jones called it a melting pot — members of numerous motorcycle groups coming together to honor one of their own. “We’re doing an honor ride for Ron,” Jones said. Ron Oswald, 57, died Saturday following a chain-reaction crash on Route 126 at County Line Road in Plainfield. Oswald, who was active with the Warriors Watch Riders, Patriot Guard Riders and Will County ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education), frequently took part in honor rides, paying tribute to returning soldiers, servicemen about to be deployed and fallen heroes who gave their lives in service to their country. On Tuesday, his fellow bikers returned the favor, hosting an honor ride for Oswald, a Minooka resident. Motorcyclists and drivers proceeded from Plainfield …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Ronald Oswald was involved in his riding community as a Will County ABATE ride organizer and a Warriors Watch rider.
Ron Oswald was not a veteran. But, he spent a lot of his time honoring those who served by riding his motorcycle in Warriors Watch rides. "He was heading to Romeoville to do a send off when he got hit," said Barb Fitzpatrick, member of Will County ABATE and Warriors Watch Riders. "He had done one on Friday [for] the boy from Moline who was killed. He did the whole escort from O’Hare to Moline to bring home a fallen hero." Warriors Watch Riders welcome home, send off and escort military personel with motorcycle cavalcades. Will County ABATE, which stands for A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education, organizes to push for legislation regarding motorcycle riders and educates the community. Oswald, 57, of Minooka, was killed Saturday in a three-…