Pedestrian Killed in Early Morning Collision on Rt. 71

Oswego police have confirmed that 22-year-old Garrett Riotte of Oswego was killed in a collision that involved two vehicles, and resulted in a drunken driving charge for one of the drivers.

An Oswego man was killed and another charged with drunken driving in an early morning accident on Route 71 Saturday, said.

The collision occurred at 2:21 a.m. on the roadway north of the intersection of Route 71 and Forest Avenue, police said. According to Chief Dwight Baird, the accident involved two cars striking a pedestrian, identified as Garrett Riotte, 22, of the 300 block of Prairieview Court.

Riotte was walking in a dark area of the roadway when he was struck by an eastbound car driven by Thomas Schillinger, 22, of the 200 block of Morgan Valley Drive in Oswego, Baird said.

The impact tossed Riotte into the westbound lane, Baird said, and into the path of two oncoming cars. One swerved and avoided striking Riotte, but the other, a car driven by Christopher Nevin, 25, of the 500 block of Heritage Drive in Oswego, collided with him, Baird said.

Riotte was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, where he later died, police said.

Nevin was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content higher than .08, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Schillinger was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Portions of Route 71 were closed until around 10:30 a.m. The road has been reopened.

The crash remains under investigation, police said. The Oswego police were assisted by the Kendall County Sheriff’s Department, the Illinois State Police, the Oswego Fire Protection District and the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s office.

Zach Horan June 23, 2012 at 07:03 PM
This is a really sad story. I heard the tires screeching, but we hear them all the time after 2 on a Friday night on 71 . I stepped into the backyard and heard Oswego's finest working hard to save his life. Thoughts and prayers to everyone involved.
Di June 23, 2012 at 07:20 PM
My mother often said: Nothing good happens after Midnight...'out there'. One sadly notices that all the participants of this tragedy were in their 20's. :(
Kim Plant June 23, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I went to school with 2 of the 3 guys.. sad to hear another life lost R.I.P garrett.. please people stop drinking and driving to many lives are being taken away at a young age :(
Ash June 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Everyone involved was misfortunate, and it does not appear that drinking and driving is the main factor in this case. Let's remember, the driver of the FIRST vehicle to strike young man walking (why was he in the middle of the street at that time of night?) was not charged with any drinking and driving offenses. My thoughts go to all parties involved and their families.
Jane Enviere June 24, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I grew up in a household with that exact saying! And it's pretty accurate. Such an awful story. So sorry for the loss of this man's life.
Grace riotte June 24, 2012 at 01:26 AM
RIP big brother<3 I miss him so much
Amy Adam-Jenkins June 24, 2012 at 02:20 AM
My heart breaks for you dear child. No one should ever have to experience the pain you are going through right now.
EH June 24, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Grace, I'm so sorry. My heart breaks for you. Love, E Holtz.
Oswego Dentist June 24, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Too many young lives lost in our community recently. Very sad to read this tonight. Praying for the families and friends of those lost including this young man's. Praying for protection for our community. Praying that our community will not continue to tragically lose young lives. Those who read this I hope you too can say a prayer for the lives lost and for protection and avoidance of such future tragedies.
kat June 24, 2012 at 03:26 AM
You are correct about the first driver, however please note that it indicates that Mr. Riotte was then tossed into the path of two oncoming cars. One swerved and avoided striking him, but the other (being the driver charged with DUI) collided with him. Drinking slows down response time, had he not been drinking he may have been able to avoid striking him. We may never know but the message is still Don't Drink and Drive. RIP Mr. Riotte
dolores chastain June 24, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Amen. Such a tragedy for all involved.
Janis Reid June 24, 2012 at 04:53 AM
We never think anything like this will happen to anyone that we've known through the years. My heart and prayers go out to the entire Riotte family.
sc1022 June 24, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Another fine example of how quickly society rushes to judgement without knowing or considering all the information before comments are made! The article clearly states that the victim was hit by another driver first which propelled him into in the lane of oncoming traffic. To place the blame solely on Christopher Nevin and focus only on him because he had a B.A.C of SLIGHTLY over the legal limit is completly unfair. Yes, people shouldn't drink and drive however, the blame shouldn't be placed on Christopher Nevin! This is a very sad chain of events, sometimes there is no one to blame. Sometimes accidents are just accidents. There are to many facts that are unknow at this point! My heart goes out to all the family members involded!
Keri Ann June 24, 2012 at 06:01 AM
My heart is breaking for all involved... Although drinking and driving may not have been the factor here...plz don't drink and drive. :(
Stephanie Dano-mailhot June 24, 2012 at 10:28 AM
So sorry grace u were sleeping at my brothers house ur family is input thoughts and prayers the Dano family
P Koala June 24, 2012 at 01:30 PM
My heart goes out to the family. This had nothing to do with drinking and driving. Just a very unfortunate situation. No one is to blame. Just a very sad chain of events...an accident.
kat June 24, 2012 at 01:31 PM
@sc1022 I don't think people are rushing to judge here, I think they are using their comments on this tragedy to remind people not to drink and drive. You are correct about the first driver, however please note that it indicates that Mr. Riotte was then tossed into the path of two oncoming cars. One swerved and avoided striking him, but the other (being the driver charged with DUI) collided with him. Drinking slows down response time. Had he not been drinking maybe he might have been able to avoid striking him, maybe not. We may never know but the message is still clear. Don't Drink and Drive. RIP Mr. Riotte
Matt Mernagh June 24, 2012 at 02:15 PM
his friends in Toronto miss him muchly too! there's no need for this accident to happen. Garret was probably walking home b/c he too was at a bar...he was responsible that way.
Christina June 24, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Laurie prayers t u n your family. Dear God be with your son. My heart is breaking for you. Hugs and kisses. Christina Smith and family
TP June 24, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Love and condolences to the Riotte family from Canada. Our thoughts are with you.
lori watts June 24, 2012 at 09:55 PM
prayers and condolences to all involved and their families. the watts family
L. Bastian June 24, 2012 at 10:17 PM
IT is a terrible tragedy for all involved. The first driver was tested for drugs and alcohal and had NOT been under the influence. His cell phone was impounded and he had NOT been making or taking texts or phone calls. That is why he was not charged. The man walked into the road at that time of the early morning and he attempted to stop from hitting him and was unable. THe fact he was involved in this tragedy is not easy for him either, to know you had anything to do with the death of another human being. I have read many other conjectures about the incident and only know what I have been told by family involved with this. We all need to be more careful. Being on the road anymore is bad enough with inconsiderate and ignorant drivers on cell phones, etc. So lets not jump to any conclusions
Diane Lange June 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Laurie my heart breaks for you and your family. God bless and hold you in such a tragic time. Diane Lange and family.
Gail Magic June 25, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Heartfelt prayers go out to all involved in this tragic accident, especially to the Riotte family. We will celebrate the time we were blessed with Garret and are thankful we knew him. With love, The Magic Family
Rachelle Stoller June 25, 2012 at 03:10 AM
To the Riotte family and friends, I can only imagine your pain at this time. There are no words, just prayers. Mine will be with you.
Andrea Moore June 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Prayers to all involved in this tragic accident. A.Moore
JS June 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Thank you so much for this comment. There is so much information everyone doesn't know, and yet are quick to jump in with comments. Any death is sad, regardless of the situation, but for many people, this tragedy is something that will be with them for the rest of their lives. Thoughts and prayers are much appreciated, but what would also be appreciated is if people who do not know what actually happened would cease the comments which point fingers. It’s hard enough to deal with this type of situation without people making assumptions. My thoughts and prayers are with all who were involved and their loved ones as well. Thank you all.
Zack Riefke June 25, 2012 at 11:36 PM
RIP Garrett. My thoughts are with you Grace. Zack Riefke
oswegoannie June 26, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Unless comments have been deleted, I see no one rushing to any judgment and the article clearly and fairly mentions both drivers who hit the young man and the order in which events occurred. sc1022 - you seem to be the only one jumping in with this perception that Mr. Nevin is to blame. I don't see any "blaming" in the article or in the community's comments of condolence, which seem more restrained than usual. To the Riottes, and especially Grace - you are in our hearts and prayers. We are sorry for the loss of Garrett.
Carrie Lindo June 28, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Thanks Ash for clearing that up to others!!!


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