JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that a Mokena man today pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol in connection with a 2011 collision that caused the deaths of two elderly women near Peotone.
Joseph E. Slattery, 27, of 20016 Lakeview Way in Mokena, faces between six and 28 years in prison when he is sentenced by Circuit Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak on July 26.
Slattery was driving in his Chevrolet Cavalier while intoxicated around 8 p.m. on Aug. 28, 2011 on LaGrange Road just north of Wilmington-Peotone Road when he veered over the center line and struck another vehicle with three occupants.
The driver of the other vehicle, Margaret Simons, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, Suzanne Thompson, 92, who was Margaret Simons’ mother, suffered severe bilateral pelvic fractures and was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, where she was pronounced dead three hours after the crash. ….MORE