The LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office says the body of a deceased, white female found south of Route 71 on East 24th Road in a field has been identified.
According to Chief Deputy Mike Renner, the woman was identified by LaSalle County Corner Bill Wujek as 63-year-old Kerstin Bobst, whose address is listed as the Island of Aruba.
Graening, who left his passenger to die in a field, and never told officers who arrested him for DUI that she was dead or injured; failed to express remorse for her while he told a Facebook friend he was still in pain from his own injuries.
Motorcyclist charged with Aruba woman’s death
A rural Sheridan motorcyclist was charged Thursday in connection with an Aruba woman’s death in October.
Scott V. Graening, 54, was charged Thursday with aggravated DUI, failing to report an accident involving a death and driving while revoked, all felonies. Graening is in the La Salle County Jail.
Graening was driving a 2007 Harley-Davidson the night of Oct. 16, with Kerstin Bobst as a passenger, when the motorcycle crashed on East 24th Road, near Route 71, about five miles northeast of Ottawa. Bobst was killed, but Graening resumed driving.
Shortly after, Ottawa police came across Graening on Norris Drive in response to a report of a motorcyclist driving recklessly. Graening was arrested at 9:24 p.m. on misdemeanor DUI and other traffic complaints. According to police, Graening, who was dragging parts of his motorcycle on the pavement as he drove, had bloodshot eyes and was confused as to his location.
Bobst’s body was found the next day. The 63-year-old Bobst was from the Dutch island of Aruba, in the Caribbean Sea.
Graening’s driver’s license was revoked, because of multiple DUI convictions.
Junior Hayes posted a photo of Kersten Bobst on Facebook:
Killed by a loser named Scott V. Graening with previous drunk driving convictions, 3 times. I will miss you, my friend. May the person who took you from all those whose lives you touched, be held accountable soon so you can rest in peace. You’re safe with God now.
Scott Graening charged with aggravated DUI in fatal crash that killed Kersten Bobst
From News Tribune
OTTAWA, Ill. 01/05/2017 — A Sheridan man has been charged for his role in an alcohol-related crash that killed an Aruba woman last fall, and will make his first court appearance Friday.
Scott V. Graening, 54, of 3675 E. 2603rd Road is charged with four counts of aggravated DUI and one count each of DUI on a revoked license and failure to report an accident resulting in injury or death.
The charges stem from an Oct. 24 crash in rural Ottawa that killed Kerstin M. Bobst, 63, of Aruba.
Graening was picked up on a warrant fixing bond in the amount of $500,000. He will need to post $50,000 cash to be released from custody.
A formal presentation of charges and possible sentencing ranges will be Friday before Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr. However, aggravated DUI typically carries 3-14 years in prison with no possibility of probation and failure to report a fatal accident carries 4-15 years in prison. MORE
Oct. 18, 2016:
- Scott V. Graening, 54, rural Sheridan, was arrested Sunday at Norris Drive and Brickton Avenue on complaints of driving under the influence, driving while license revoked, speeding, no valid insurance, and unsafe equipment. He was given a court date.
From Morris-Herald News
Dec. 26, 2014:
Scott V. Graening,52, of Montgomery, was arrested by Grundy County sheriff’s deputies and booked into the Grundy County Jail on Monday on a Will County warrant.
From Plainfield Patch
April 8, 2014
Scott Graening, 51, of the 24000 block of Thornberry Drive was arrested at 10:57 a.m. at his home and charged with domestic battery, police said.
La Salle County Circuit Court:
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