A Joliet man was sentenced to five years in prison for running over a person lying across East Washington Street.
Vincent Borgic, 61, had been found guilty of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol at the conclusion of a trial before Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak earlier this year.
Borgic ran over Scott Zolecki in July 2011. Zolecki was intoxicated and lying down on East Washington Street at the time.
"Borgic, who admitted coming from a bar, told police he never saw the victim before running him over with his Dodge Challenger at about 10:30 p.m. that night," according to a statement from Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow's office. "He told police he had no idea what happened."
But witnesses testified at the trial that other motorists managed to drive around Zolecki without hitting or killing him.
"Witnesses also reported that Borgic got out of his car and smoked a cigarette but made no attempt to help Zolecki," the statement from Glasgow's office said.
"While he showed no concern for the victim, Borgic stated in the presence of police and civilian witnesses that there had better be no damage to his vehicle," the statement said. "The defendant refused field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer, but a blood standard provided later at the hospital revealed a blood-alcohol level of .208."
Zolecki was taken to Silver Cross Hospital and later transferred to Loyola Medical Center. He succumbed to head injuries at Loyola.
Borgic was on court supervision for a previous previous driving under the influence arrest when he struck Zolecki, according to Glasgow's office.
Glasgow thanked prosecutors Frank Byers and Andrew Kramer for their work on the case. He also credited the Joliet Police, particularly Officer Shawn Wascher.
“One of the critical steps officers took at the scene was to place the defendant in front of a squad car with video recording equipment,” Glasgow said. “This strengthened the case immensely by giving the judge the opportunity to witness Vincent Borgic’s callous behavior after he ran over Scott Zolecki.”