UPDATE: Shorewood Resident Dead in Violent Single-Car Crash

The accident occurred on Frontage Road, near River Crossing.

Robert K. Gewalt, 52, of Shorewood was pronounced dead at 8 p.m. Thursday night from injuries sustained in a one-car accident.

The vehicle, a Mini Cooper, crashed on southwest Frontage Road, at the intersection of River Crossing, struck a fixed object and came to rest in a ditch, Will County Coroner Patrick K. O'Neil said in a release.

The Shorewood Police Department is investigating the incident.

An autopsy will take place on Friday.

Dennis Tate February 02, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Words cannot express how sad this news is, my thoughts and prayers to the Gewalt family. Bobby was a great man and will be missed, I feel blessed to have known him. Rest in peace dear friend.
John Leikvoll February 02, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Rest In Pease Bob was a joy to have you on my crew at American Airlines Was great to have known you...Gods Peace and Blessing to your family. John Leikvoll
connie wigsmoen February 02, 2013 at 03:07 AM
well never forget u bob. rest in peace. we hope to see u in heaven. Brittany lingle Connie wigsmoen and Al
Rosa L February 02, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Rip Bob. You were a great neighbor, you were always there for everyone. Very hardworking and a real family man. We lost a great person. Our prayers are with your family, may God bless them and hold them in his arms through this terrible tragedy.
jose February 02, 2013 at 03:32 AM
We lost a caring loving man. Rip JOSE A GARCIA
mlke moran February 02, 2013 at 04:14 AM
You were a great friend and a true friend Bobby really going to miss you buddy aa will never be the same without you. You and your family are in my prayers Mike moran
Joe Triggs February 02, 2013 at 06:00 AM
Bobby was a friend,A great family man,A great worker. Always cared about his friends ALWAYS! Bobby told great storys always was smiling even in tuff times..My Prayers to his family. I will miss you Bobby
Harold Towbridge February 02, 2013 at 04:53 PM
To the Gewalt Family: Faith is not necessary when you know how things are going to work out, that's knowledge. It's in the time of unknowing that having faith is what sees you through to the other side. Faith is what give you strength. Faith is that light in your heart that keeps on shining even when it's all darkness outside. Now is the time to keep the faith alive. Love you Bobby G.. Towbridge
Starr L February 02, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Please take your arguments else where. Death is very hard thing for everyone. Family and friends of Bob can see all of this. It's very petty and not the time or place for it. Have some class black white Hispanic Asian Indonesian Puerto Rican.... Bottom line we are all human! R.I.P Pops we will surely miss our late night garage times:(
John Roberts February 02, 2013 at 05:33 PM
To the family that this article pertains too I hope you all come together for eachother...and I am sorry for my posts I have made drawing attention away from your family and loved one..With all respects...
Robbie Tate February 02, 2013 at 11:02 PM
So sad to hear about Bobby G. he was one of my best clerks while I was CC at the PO we had great conversations about our families, and he was such a joy to be around. My thoughts and prayers goes out to his family. May God give you all the strength that you need to carry on........Robbie Tate
I will never tell February 02, 2013 at 11:17 PM
I am sorry for your family's loss!
Mary Flick February 03, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Words will never be able to express what Bob meant to this world. He was a wonderful loving husband, father and friend to many many people. My prayers are with you all...always!
Lee February 03, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Would someone who has the ability to do so please remove this nasty and tasteless comments that don't have anything to do with this story. Some of these comments should be stricken and the persons who left this trash should be kicked out and not be allowed to leave any further comments. I have children who are interested in reading about what the online newspaper has to say but unfortunatey they are cannot view these stories any more due to these mindless idiots.
Lisa W. February 03, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Email Dawn & let her know. She can get the comments stricken.
Lee February 03, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Ok. Thanks LW
Lisa W. February 03, 2013 at 03:09 AM
It's so sad that people have to turn a tragedy like this into mockery. Prayers go out to Mr. Gewalt's family.
John Roberts February 03, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Yeah because censorship...is freedom of speech....
John Roberts February 03, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Yeah....then you might want to keep your kids locked up for the rest of their lives....Welcome to the real world...Shelter your kids and you will get shocked kids who do not know who to react...yeah the comments were tasteless but we do not have freedom of speech to just talk abou the weather or just to say the things others like...See how you just had comments removed?..this is the start of a dictatorship media...just like the 18 news stations that only have 1 writer and he is owned by Obama and the other presidents...Your demanding that the opinions of people and your fellow citizens be quieted down...This in turn can be done to you too...weather you like the comments or not...it is important to hold on to freedom of speech....and simple actions like this is the start of the deminishing of freedom of speech...
Jack LaLane February 03, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Wow, look at that car. How fast was he driving?
Phillip Allan Ray February 03, 2013 at 04:38 PM
It's a sad day for me to find out that my friend and coworker Bobby G has passed on! You were one of very few guys at A A who truly cared about what I had to say. I enjoyed some good comical time with you! You will be greatly missed and A A Cargo will never be the same without you. You will be greatly missed, I love you man. Prayers go out to the Gewalt family.
robert civitella February 03, 2013 at 05:51 PM
You will be MISSED but never FORGOTTEN Bobby G You touched everyone around you!!!!! RIP civi
Outlaw February 03, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Outlaw February 03, 2013 at 09:41 PM
The other families get laughed at but I guess this ones different. Double standard. U need to look at all comments on other deaths. "one less gangbanger" thanks for blacks killing eachother" wow! Ill only.comment on black stories now. I proved my point!
gary von alven February 03, 2013 at 10:10 PM
So very sorry to learn of Bobby's untimely passing. My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to Bobby's wife,children, and the entire family surrounding his abrivated life. I met Bobby in 1986 as I started my career with AA in ORD. Worked with him and his best buddies Gary Barth and Kevin Rodenbostel many times. We will truely miss Bobby... but will always remember his great work and family ethics....just simply a wonderful man and friend!! Gary Von Alven....MIA
Outlaw February 04, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Lee February 04, 2013 at 05:38 AM
John Roberts, screw you and your comments. Yes, I requested that those comments be removed. And guess what?? Yep, they were taken off. Why?? Because they had nothing to do with what the story was about. And, they contained language that did not apply to what the story was about. So.....you can call it dictaorship if you like. You know, and I know, that what was said in those comments was inapproprate. My kids will grow up fast enough....I don't need people like you trying to push your little brained opinions toward my family. So, why was the comments that we're speaking of taken off? Not because of the crap that your trying to spew out below.....but because of what is right....you liberal right sided piece of garbage. I'm very happy to know that the editor of this online newspaper will not allow language such as what was used be allowed. I guess this makes you mad. I bet your one of those chickens that demands to have all the possible ammenities afforded to the "poor" given to you because your too lazy to go out and work for a living. Before I start speaking about who you are and exactly how you think my hard working tax dollars should keep your lazy butt in Jewel buying fattening junk and liquor to keep you drunk.......go get a worthwile job. America is tired of supporting your lazy behind.
Mrs. Margaret Tinsley February 04, 2013 at 02:37 PM
To the Gewalt and Mortimer Families: My deepest sympathy in the tragic loss of Mr. Bob Gewalt. Mrs. Margaret Tinsley ( Dara's Mom and Dewey's friend.)
John Michalec February 05, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Bobby G I'm Blessed to have you as a real friend. I will miss your laughter and smile and also your great stories. AA will never be the same without you.God Bless The Gewalt Family.
s February 21, 2013 at 09:30 PM
um yea the speed limit!!!!!!!!! probably slower than the speed limit bc it was rainy and icy out that night!


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