ILLINOIS: Joliet Police Officer Erin Zilka charged with DUI in crash that killed City of Berwyn Officer Charles Schauer

A judge has approved a request from the Will County District Attorney to appoint a Special Prosecutor in this case.



WILL COUNTY, Ill. — An intoxicated driver is accused of causing the initial crash on I-55 Sunday morning that led to the death of an off-duty Berwyn police officer.

Rodrigo Marin, 42, of Plainfield, was reportedly driving a 2006 Nissan Titan southbound on I-55 at approximately 6 a.m. Sunday. Police believe Marin lost control of the Nissan and struck the front-left side of a Hino box truck.

Both vehicles came to rest in the right two lanes. Marin allegedly left the scene and was located on foot not far away. No injuries were reported, but at 6:02 a.m., a 2019 Dodge Durango crashed into the rear of the Hino box truck.

Erin Zilka charged with DUI in crash that killed South Berwyn Police Officer Charles Schauer

Erin Zilka, of Plainfield, was the driver of the Dodge Durango that crashed into the stopped box truck. Her passenger, Berwyn police officer Chuck Schauer, was killed in the crash. He was off-duty at the time.


Marin, the man believed to cause the initial crash, is charged with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed, improper lane usage, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid, no valid insurance and driving with a revoked license. MORE