Wydajewski Charged In October DUI Crash In Lisle Killing Three

by T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

November 30, 2021

LISLE, IL — Brendan Wydajewski, 22, of Naperville was allegedly drunk and driving faster than 120 mph when he crashed into a car last month, killing three people.

On the morning of October 30, Lisle police responded to a multiple-vehicle incident at Warrenville Road and Navistar Drive.  Officers arrived on the scene and discovered two automobiles, one of which had been chopped in half.

Andrew Purtill, 46, the first vehicle’s driver, was pronounced dead on scene.  Passengers Geovanny Alvarez, 22, and Graciela Leonos, 21, died as a result of their injuries.

Brendan Wydajewski, 22, the driver of the second vehicle, was taken to the hospital after the accident.  Wydajewski was released from the hospital on Sunday and is facing aggravated DUI resulting in death and unauthorized possession of a firearm charges.

A $500,000 bond has been set for Wydajewski, who is expected back in court on January 11.  


by The Chicago Times Staff

November 21, 2021

WAUKESHA, WI – A driver in a red SUV crashed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, killing an unknown number of people and injuring up to 20.

According to Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson a red SUV broke through police barriers and rammed into parade-goers, including a marching band.  Thompson has not revealed the exact number of people killed, noting that police are in the process of notifying their next of kin.

Earlier, the police chief stated that his officers had located the suspect vehicle. Officers are seen in photos shared on social media approaching a red SUV parked in a driveway. The hood of the vehicle has been severely damaged, presumably as a result of the collision with the crowd.

A suspect is currently in custody.

Air Force Pilot killed In Runway Accident

by The Chicago Times Staff

November 20, 2021

DEL RIO, TX – The U.S. Air Force announced Friday that a pilot was killed and two others were injured in an accident at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas.

According to the Air Force, two T-38C Talon training planes were involved in an accident on the runway at about 10 am (CST) on Friday.  One pilot was killed instantly, while another was taken to the Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio.  A third pilot is in critical condition and has been airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

“Losing teammates is unbelievably painful and it is with a heavy heart I express my sincere condolences.  Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with our pilots involved in this mishap and their families.” said Colonel Craig Prather, commander of the 47th Flying Training Wing.

The Northrop T-38 jet has been in service with the United States Air Force since 1959 as is scheduled to be replace in 2021 by the Boeing T-7 Red Hawk.


by The Chicago Times Staff

August 19, 2021

CALUMET CITY, IL — A vehicle that crashed into a bus stop and then continued on to an adjacent parking lot in Calumet City struck three people, one fatally.

At around 2 p.m. Thursday, Calumet City police responded to a report of a pedestrian traffic crash at the intersection of Sibley Boulevard and Torrence Avenue.  At the scene, three people were found.  According to police, two of the victims were pedestrians at a bus stop, and the third was a construction worker working in a nearby parking lot.

On the scene, one of the pedestrians was pronounced dead and two other people who were injured were taken to a nearby hospital.

According to police, a single vehicle left the roadway and struck the bus stop near the intersection where the two pedestrians were standing.  The vehicle then continued into the adjacent parking lot and struck a construction worker.