UPDATE from N.W. Herald
WOODSTOCK – In a packed courtroom on the day before Thanksgiving, Carrie Kilpatrick saw the man who admitted to killing her son sentenced to six months in McHenry County Jail and 30 months of probation.
Justin A. Raven of Wonder Lake pleaded guilty to the amended charge of reckless homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol. On Sept. 9, 2014, authorities have said Raven was intoxicated when he struck 17-year-old Nicholas Kilpatrick of McHenry with his pickup truck.
Nicholas Kilpatrick, who was riding a skateboard when he was hit, died from injuries he sustained in the crash.
“Six months in county jail for taking somebody’s life is a joke,” Carrie Kilpatrick said after the hearing. “It’s a slap on the wrist and a slap in our face. And it’s like saying my son’s life didn’t matter.”
Raven originally pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated driving under the influence. At the hearing Wednesday, a negotiated plea was reached between the two parties, with McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein representing the state and Mark Facchini representing Raven.
Five members of Nicholas Kilpatrick’s family read victim statements Wednesday, and several people in the audience cried. MORE
Attorneys attempt to blame doper skateboarder for DUI driver Justin Raven for running him down on roadway
From NW Herald
WOODSTOCK – Defense attorneys for a man accused of drunken driving in a crash that killed a McHenry teen are seeking to introduce evidence that the teen was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Justin A. Raven, 22, of Wonder Lake, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated driving under the influence, both felonies and punishable by up to seven years in prison.
Authorities have said Raven was intoxicated when he struck 17-year-old Nicholas Kilpatrick with his pickup truck. Kilpatrick died from injuries he sustained in the crash, which happened after 9 p.m on Sept. 9, 2014. …..MORE
What parents don’t tell their kids…’don’t skateboard in the street as many drivers are drunk and may kill you’…this is yet another needless death on our nation’s highways. Justin Raven could have called a friend or a cab instead of driving while impaired.
Police say that on Tuesday September 9th, 2014 at approximately 9:08 pm, the McHenry Police were dispatched to the 4200 block of W. Crystal Lake Road for the report of a vehicle crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. Upon arrival officers confirmed a collision between a White 2011 Ford F250 pickup truck and a pedestrian.
The McHenry Township Fire Protection District responded to the scene to provide treatment to those involved.
Kilpatrick was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.The Critical Accident Investigation Team (including members from the McHenry Police Department, Johnsburg Police Department and Spring Grove Police Department) was activated and responded to the scene for further investigation.The driver of the Ford F250 pickup truck was identified as Justin A. Raven (DOB 3/28/1993 – Age 21) of 7707 Orchard Road in Wonder Lake. Raven was taken into custody by McHenry Police at the scene for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.
Raven was charged with the following criminal offenses:
1 Count – Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (625 ILCS 5/11-501(a) 2 – (Class A Misdemeanor)
1 Count – Driving Under the Influence Over .08l (625 ILCS 5/11-501(a) 1 – (Class A Misdemeanor)
1 Count – Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (625 ILCS 5/11-501(f)
(Class 2 Felony)
Raven was processed at the McHenry Police Department and transported to the McHenry County Jail to await a bond hearing. The accident remains under investigation at this time. Crystal Lake Road between Hanley Street and Mill Street was closed between 9:15 pm and approximately 2:00 am while the scene was processed.
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