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Driver in Crash that Killed Motorcyclist was Intoxicated, Plainfield Police Say

David Dietrich was also charged with improper lane usage and driving without vehicle insurance in the Saturday collision.

The Shorewood man who killed a motorcyclist in a on Route 59 Saturday was drunk and uninsured at the time of the collision, said Sunday.

David C. Dietrich, 32, of 902 Bittersweet, has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, resulting in the death of another; driving under the influence; improper lane usage; driving too fast for conditions; and operating an uninsured motor vehichle.

The victim was George A. Weikum, 58, of Naperville, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Weikum was the owner of in Plainfield.

Police spent hours Saturday night reconstructing the accident that occurred between 135th and 143rd streets, near the store and not far from Weikum's 12006 Spaulding School Drive business.

According to police reports, Dietrich was driving his 2005 Ford Ranger pickup truck southbound on Route 59 when he lost control, struck the center median and rolled into the northbound lane of traffic. His truck struck Weikum as he drove his 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Dietrich was transported to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where he was treated for injuries. Police took him into custody on Sunday when he was released from the hospital.

He remains held in the Will County jail pending a bond hearing.

Karen Sorensen October 13, 2011 at 01:08 AM
I do not recall your comment specifically because I've been forced to take down comments all day long. Typically, a comment will be removed if it contains information that cannot be verified, contains libelous or defamatory content, is a personal attack or contains profanity. No matter how inflammatory a situation or an alleged crime might be, the suspect is innocent until proven guilty. We cannot assume the driver in the case if guilty until a judge or jury finds him to be so.
rickybobby October 13, 2011 at 06:38 PM
thats why our system is horrendous! Spend tax money to convict someone who is obviously guilty. a bunch of poo poo on that judge jury comment
Jay Popp October 13, 2011 at 08:01 PM
We live in a society that promotes alcohol non-stop. I was a guest at Plainfield Homecoming Saturday and witnessed many parents drinking alcohol at 9 am. Bad decisions are made daily by people under the influence of alcohol and drugs. My heart goes out to the Weikum Family as a loved family member is lost due to a bad decision. My heart goes out to the Dietrich Family because Mr. Dietrich has a disease - alcoholism. I am 100% positive that he didn't wake up on Saturday with the intention of killing another human being. It's so sad. Yes, he made the choice to drive - the choice to drive was clouded by alcoholism. Best wishes to all families involved. PEOPLE - JUST LEAVE YOUR CARS - CALL TAXIS AND STOP DRIVING AFTER 1 DRINK. IT'S NOT WORTH THE HARM YOU MAY CAUSE TO ANOTHER HUMAN BEING OR YOURSELF!
Jeepers October 16, 2011 at 08:19 PM
May George rest in peace and may his family find peace. Dave will deservingly serve the time state decides, but know I know him personally, he is not a monster and I know he will never forgive himself... that will be worse than anything the state can do. At first I thought, "what a monster for drinking and driving and killing someone"... then I realized I shouldn't throw stones... Maybe some of you are perfect, but I'm sure most here (including myself) have driven distracted, while texting, or tired... and yes, maybe even over served. Look it up online, all of these have high probability of crashes resulting in tragedy. There are 1000's of sad stories like this every year... This hits so close to home for me, the only positive I can take away from this horrific event is that it is that I hope it serves as a lesson for ALL OF US to be more safe, and value everyday with the ones you love.
rickybobby October 17, 2011 at 01:43 PM
Well put!

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